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Cushman & Wakefield makes big leadership changes

Shawn Mobley
Shawn Mobley

Chicago-based Cushman & Wakefield unveiled big changes to its leadership team today. The biggest? Shawn Mobley has been promoted to chief executive officer for the Americas at the CRE giant.

In other changes, John Forrester has been named global president, while Michelle Hay has been named global head of human resources.

“Each of these professionals is a leader, not only at Cushman & Wakefield, but also within our industry. I’m fully confident in their abilities to deliver the very best results for our clients, while putting our people at the center of fulfilling careers,” said Brett White, chairman and chief executive officer of Cushman & Wakefield, in a statement. “Their commitment, drive, and dedication to our people and to our clients is essential to our continued success.”

Mobley, based in Chicago, led the firm’s East Region, the largest, fastest-growing segment of the firm. He joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2011, taking on positions of increasing responsibility from market leader of Chicago, to forming and leading the Investor Services Group to his most recent position as president of the East Region with oversight of the Eastern United States and Canada.

“My mandate is clear, continue to organize around our clients, putting the best teams in place to consistently deliver outstanding results,” said Mobley, in a statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity, and I couldn’t be more excited to continue building our momentum across the Americas.”

As global president, Forrester will have day-to-day operational and management oversight of the firm’s four global regions of the Americas, EMEA, APAC and Greater China. Pre-merger, Forrester served as chief executive EMEA at DTZ, which he joined in 1988. He also acted as group chief executive of DTZ Holdings PLC and led the formal sale process of DTZ PLC to UGL in 2011.

Hay has been named global head of human resources, and will continue to lead in the Americas. Since joining the firm as CHRO, Americas last year, Hay has been a core part of the firm’s leadership team, driving Cushman & Wakefield’s talent strategy. Hay will also be a key member of the global executive management team.