Avison Young has engaged Howard Roth as an independent advisor as it continues to accelerate its international growth.
The former EY head of real estate, hospitality, and construction, will report directly to Avison Young’s CEO Mark E. Rose and will provide advice and counsel to Rose and the Avison Young management team on the direction and implementation of the company's growth strategy.
He will advise on the firm’s push into new markets including those in Europe and Asia; and will provide his expertise and experience in key corporate projects.
The announcement follows the appointment of Carol Johnson as an independent Director in May 2018 and the addition of two representatives of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to Avison Young's Board in July 2018, when CDPQ made a C$250-million preferred-equity investment in Avison Young.
“The creation of Howard's new independent advisor role and the three earlier Board additions demonstrate that Avison Young is committed to assigning prominent leaders throughout our organization and strengthening our commitment to outstanding client service and corporate governance," said Rose.
Roth spent 32 years with EY and says he is excited to be working with the Toronto-headquartered Avison Young – and Rose.
"Avison Young's growth during Mark's 10-year tenure as CEO has been nothing short of extraordinary. I look forward to the opportunity to bring my knowledge, experience and insights in support of the company's strategic vision. I believe there are several areas where I can add significant value to the company's continued accelerated growth trajectory," he said.
Roth will continue to be based in New York.