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MAR 2018

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8 MARCH 2018 t H e le A de R M E S S A G E F R O M T H E C H A I R W O M A N A s my term as Chairwoman draws to a close at the end of March, it's time to reflect on all we've done to advance the world of corporate real estate (CRE). At this time of disruption and exponential change, now more than ever, we must focus on our relevance and indispensability as an association helping to shape careers of the future. From my unique vantage point, I've been able to see the bigger picture of all that CoreNet Global is and can be for our ever-growing network. I've experienced first-hand the progress we've made and have been privileged to help shape. For me, CoreNet Global is personal; it's about being part of a broader movement, about being exposed to diversity of thought and experience. It's about knowing that there's a trusted network of peers to rely upon when exciting things happen or when challenges arise, as they invariably do. CRE is no longer just about the technicalities of real estate – and our association isn't either. 'Place', the balance of space and culture, matters in ways now that none of us could have imagined 10 years ago. The interpersonal, human-centred side of our roles has never been more important. "Personal space" is taking-on a whole new meaning in this era of ubiquitous technology and intense customisation – and we have to ask ourselves are we entirely equipped to make the shift. In the years ahead, robots and artificial intelligence will replace core pieces of our current roles, but we will hone new skills to maintain our value and competitive advantage. At the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Jack Ma, CEO of the Alibaba Group of China, said the skills we should acquire are those that machines cannot do. He emphasized a need for individual thinking, team work, creativity and caring for oth- ers – skills that today can be found in sports and the arts. CoreNet Global has afforded me the personal space to grow; it's helped sharpen my thinking and exercise new mental muscles. It's opened my mind to new ways of work- ing and new ways of serving and I hope, with all that I know it has to offer, it's doing the same for you! Sincerely, Kate Langan Chairwoman CoreNet Global Kate Langan CoreNet Global Chairwoman Group General Manager Property ANZ Banking Group

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