Cushman’s New Client CEO

Cushman & Wakefield hired from within for a new position, chief executive of client solutions. John Santora, president and CEO of the brokerage giant’s Americas region since mid-2008-and, before that, Cushman’s global COO-was tapped for the job, and will be based in New York.

The move was announced by Cushman’s president and CEO Glenn Rufrano, himself fairly new to the brokerage, having taken over in March.

“As we streamline our operations to emphasize quality and consistency of service on a global basis, John is uniquely qualified to drive our global corporate services business forward,” Mr. Rufrano said in a statement. “Global expertise and coordination is absolutely essential in the delivery of best-in-class services, and John’s institutional knowledge and past experience will be a competitive advantage for our firm.”

Mr. Santora’s new job puts him in charge of 7,000 employees in what, according to the brokerage, is Cushman’s largest operating unit. The unit advises investors and office tenants on agency leasing and lease administration, and manages approximately 600 million square feet of commercial space worldwide.

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