CRE Executive of the Year

CRE Executive of the Year

This award recognizes the Corporate Real Estate (CRE) executive who has made outstanding and distinguished contributions to their company and to the industry and acknowledges their achievements within the past year.

We seek to recognize :
  • Achievements in contributing to company success
  • Contributions for elevating the practice of corporate real estate (CRE)
  • Contributions to the CRE industry as educator or leader
  • Current CoreNet Global Membership

The winner is automatically put forward for CRE Executive of the Year Award at the CoreNet Global Awards.

2022 Winner

Renuka Rajagopal

Senior Director, Real Estate and Workplace India
VMware Software India Pvt. Ltd.

Renuka Rajagopal is a proven Corporate Real Estate management professional and is a passionate champion of “Being Inclusive” and strongly believes “Everyone has Value”. Being an authentic and inclusive leader, aligning to business strategy to create and drive value, practicing sustainability, enriching customer experience, volunteering, driving change and leading teams through successful transformation are some of her key strengths. 

She built her career journey from architectural design, construction, and later through various phases in the rapidly growing IT & ITES industry stepped into all major aspects of Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Management in the South Asia region. The successful, challenging, and enriching experience gained through this exciting journey includes leading and collaborating on corporate real estate strategies and functions, consolidation and expansion projects, progressive workplace operations, co-creating smart working technologies and digitization initiatives, policies and framework, community engagement, mergers, acquisitions, divestiture, and outsourcing projects.

In her current role as Senior Director – Workplace, Renuka leads the  India Workplace team which manages the real estate portfolio, tenant improvement projects, workplace experience, facility engineering operations, sustainability, and integrated workplace technology transformation initiatives.  She also co-leads VMInclusion Council for India a workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion enterprise initiative of VMware, focused on harnessing the power of human difference for transformative solutions and better business outcomes.

Previous Winners


Sangeeta Ray

Kumara Shivanna
Kumara Shivanna
Sanjeev Tullicherry Director at Legato Health Technologies


Sanjeev Tullicherry

Tojo Paramby
Tojo Paramby
Praveen Vasudeva
Praveen Vasudeva

Eligibility Criteria

Members who wish to nominate themselves for the CRE Executive of the Year Award must fulfill the following criteria to be eligible:
  • Member of CoreNet Global for at least 3 continuous years
  • Member must be actively engaged. Engagement includes being a Chapter Leader, attending a Summit, earning MCR or SLCR designation, speaking at a CoreNet Global event, contributing to the content of a Chapter program or event; participating in Chapter special programs, providing content for Leader magazine, participating in a research project, etc.
  • Member must be an End User (occupier) for a minimum of 3 years

Key Dates

Applications for nomination open in April each year.

If you have questions about whether you are eligible to apply, please contact Simran Zainulbhai.