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Johnny O'Connor & Steven Blanc join BidX1

BidX1 expands Irish management team with two senior appointments

BidX1, Europe’s leading digital property investment platform, has announced the expansion of its Irish management team in advance of further growth in the market. Johnny O’Connor has joined the firm as Head of Commercial Property while Steven Blanc has been appointed as Head of Residential & Business Development.

O’Connor and Blanc will join Jonathan Fenn, who leads BidX1’s Irish team, as the online property specialist continues to expand its market share.

O’Connor brings more than 20 years’ experience in the property industry and will oversee BidX1’s growing commercial team, advising across both auction and private treaty sales. He joins BidX1 from CBRE, where he led the Retail team, specialising in retail leasing and investments. Prior to that, O’Connor was a Director at Cushman & Wakefield where he established a specialised investment team focused on the sub €5m market.

Blanc will take over responsibility for Business Development on the residential side of the business, having spent 16 years managing various Sherry FitzGerald branches, most notably the establishment and growth of Sherry FitzGerald Blanc in North Dublin. Blanc brings a wealth of experience across both sales and lettings, as well as expertise in New Home Sales and Development Site Acquisition.

Last month, BidX1 announced that it had secured funding from Enterprise Ireland, following a decision during the Covid-19 lockdown to open the platform to other agents through a Joint Agency model. The state agency is supporting BidX1 through its Agile Innovation Fund, and has made almost €500,000 available to the company, both to drive this partnership initiative and to enhance BidX1’s digital platform in advance of further international growth.

BidX1 currently operates in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Spain and Cyprus, with expansion into Portugal and Greece scheduled for the first quarter of next year.

Johnny Horgan, Managing Director of Europe, BidX1, commented, “The advantage of being a market-leader is attracting talented people, both from the property industry and beyond, who want to be at the forefront of innovation in our industry. We’re delighted to have Johnny and Steve joining the Irish team.

“Johnny is a respected figure in the commercial sector with a proven track-record of building great teams, and his knowledge and talent will be of huge benefit to our commercial division. Steven’s experience in establishing and growing residential branches makes him an important addition to our business as we continue to expand our service lines and client base.

“The demand for a more modern, digital approach to property sales is growing. We’re delighted to have Johnny and Steve on board as we advance the reach of our digital model in the Irish market.”

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