Jim Leslie, the former president and chief operating office of the Staubach Company, has been tapped as the next CEO for Cresa Partners, the firm announced today.
Mr. Leslie will be replacing Cresa Partners founder and CEO Bill Goade in the firm’s top position. Mr. Leslie will officially begin his role today, while Mr. Goade will remain as an advisor to the firm until May 1, 2013.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Jim as our next CEO,” said Mr. Goade in a statement. “His experience, leadership, management skills, and deep understanding of our organization will be instrumental as Cresa seeks to leverage its recent dramatic growth.”
Mr. Leslie had served as president and COO of the Staubach Company prior to the firm’s merger with Jones Lang LaSalle in 2008. He was also an advisor to the Cresa Board of Directors since 2002, and even launched its Capital Markets Group.
During his time at Staubach, the firm grew in excess of 35 percent a year while its shareholder value increased as well.
“I am excited at the prospect of taking on the CEO role at Cresa,” said Mr. Leslie in a statement. “The organization has just completed its best two revenue years in its 20 year history, and is poised for substantial growth. I look forward to helping Cresa become even more well-known and respected as a global resource for large corporations and as the industry leader in tenant representation services by local businesses,” he added.
Cresa Partners has seen significant change in recent months. Longtime broker (and a Commercial Observer “Power Broker”) Jack Petrie left the firm earlier this year to work independently, said those close to the firm.