Director, Office

Don Taylor is the Global Head of Swire Properties’ 15 million sq. ft. office portfolio. With 27 years’ experience in the property sector, Don oversees the design and development as well as the leasing and management of office projects in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

He is responsible for the office portfolio teams at Pacific Place, Taikoo Place, Cityplaza and Citygate, which comprises of over 200 professionals in Leasing, Property Management, Technical Services, Finance and Marketing.  He steers negotiations for significant transactions, with multinationals, spanning a diverse cross-section of industries.

From now until 2022, he will lead the HK$15 billion Taikoo Place redevelopment project, which is Swire Properties’ single biggest office development, transforming Taikoo Place from an already successful business community into a world class commercial hub.   Riding on the success of One Taikoo Place (which was 100% leased prior to completion), he is now driving the leasing for Two Taikoo Place which is the second of the two 1M s.f. Triple Grade A office towers. He has also overseen the establishment of the sustainable development exhibition centre, ‘The Loop’ and was instrumental in the overwhelming success of the innovative accelerator and co-working space, Blueprint, as well as Artistree, which is a unique venue for the visual and performing arts located at the heart of Taikoo Place.

In Mainland China, Don oversees the leasing and management of Swire Properties’ flagship development Taikoo Hui in Guangzhou’s Tianhe central business district which was completed in 2011, measuring 1.7 million sq ft.  In Shanghai, he is responsible for the leasing and management of HKRI Centre One and HKRI Centre Two, the two triple Grade A office towers occupying 1.85 million sq ft GFA within Swire Properties’ iconic landmark development, HKRI Taikoo Hui which was completed in 2017.   He is also responsible for the leasing of One Indigo, a 550,000 s.f. office development which, like all Swire’s developments in China, forms part of an integrated mixed use development, Indigo.

Don joined Swire Properties Limited in 1991, and has served in a number of roles in Development and Valuation, Retail, Residential and Offices. A Chartered Surveyor, Don is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors.  He is also the Chairman of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, a charity that provides access to high quality, non-competitive free-of-charge arts experiences for all young people aged 5 to 25.

Sessions

Mar 5

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Open for Business: Hong Kong at the Intersection of Commerce & Culture

17:10 – 17:50
JC Cube Auditorium

How will Hong Kong’s Central, long its primary CBD, respond to fast evolving needs and even faster evolving tastes? As secondary CBD’s give rise to modern buildings and amenities aplenty, how will decentralization affect the…