South African-born Hardie was identified for his experience and ability to effect innovation and impact in an evolving and competitive African property market. Alongside Nick Gaertner, newly appointed COO, he will lead a new management team.
Hardie started his career at Foxtons in London before being lured to Harrods Estates and later consulting for Phil Spencer of Garrington Home Finders. As MD of Livingroom Estate Agents in Guernsey, he earned the agency a much-coveted Best Business Award. He has managed Knight Frank’s Atlantic Seaboard/City Bowl branch since 2016.
Commenting on the announcement from the Cape Town head office, chairman of the board Anne Porter said, “Knight Frank believes in rewarding excellence; Richard was identified for his ability to empower teams to match Knight Franks international standards of service. We believe this to be a pivotal appointment and are delighted to have him on board.”