Senior Vice President David Harding of CBRE Group Inc. has been elected president of the AIR Commercial Real Estate Association.

Harding, who has had more than 20 years in the industry, will serve as the executive chair and president for 2012, according to a news release.

Based in Downtown Los Angeles, AIR has more than 1,750 Southern California real estate professionals actively participating in the organization.

Harding, based in Universal City, succeeds Joseph Vargas, regional manager for Cushman & Wakefield.

Andrew Khouri