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Lendlease's Lombardo on Asian real estate play

Firm's Australian-born CEO for Asia says there're similarities between Italian and Asian cultures

It has been a while since the normally peripatetic Tony Lombardo got on a plane, either to travel to one of the spots in Asia where his company, Lendlease, is developing a project or prospecting for one, or going home to see his mother and siblings in Melbourne.

The last time he made a trip - during this year's Chinese New Year holiday weekend, when he took his wife to Cambodia - most of his time was spent planning to proactively shut down construction in China to keep his staff safe from the pandemic. Lendlease was one of the first big companies in Asia to ban official travel by staff.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 20, 2020, with the headline 'Lendlease's Lombardo draws on Italian roots to manage in Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe