Global Leadership

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Brett White

Chairman & CEO


As Cushman & Wakefield’s Chairman & CEO, Brett White is responsible for overseeing the management of the business. Brett also held this role with DTZ, managing the execution of the merger with Cushman & Wakefield. Before joining DTZ, Brett had a 28-year career with CBRE, serving as Chief Executive Officer from June 2005 to December 2012 and President from 2001 to March 2010. He was also a member of CBRE's Board of Directors from 1998 to January of 2013. 

In these positions, Brett played a leadership role in developing the company into the world's largest commercial real estate firm with annual revenues of approximately $6 billion. Brett has been responsible for more than 100 acquisitions and completing more than 20 public and private capital raises totaling more than $7 billion. 

Brett serves on the board of directors for Realogy Holdings Corporation, Edison International and Southern California Edison. He is a Trustee of the University of San Francisco and was previously a member of the Business Roundtable. He received a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

John Forrester

Global President


John is Cushman & Wakefield’s Global President with direct operational and management oversight of the firm’s four global regions: Americas, EMEA, APAC and Greater China. He is a member of the Global Executive Committee and Global Management Board.

Prior to becoming Global President, John was Chief Executive, EMEA, a role he previously held at DTZ, prior to the merger with Cushman & Wakefield. Previously, John was Group Chief Executive of DTZ Holdings plc and led the formal sale process to UGL in 2011. He joined the DTZ Group in September 1988 and became a Director in 1992.

John specializes in the development, design and leasing of large commercial projects together with strategic advice to major corporate occupiers. John has extensive knowledge of global real estate markets and strategies, and is a trusted advisor to many substantial leading global organizations and property investors.

Shawn Mobley

Chief Executive Officer, Americas


As Chief Executive Officer, Americas, Shawn is responsible for leading the Americas region including all geographic markets, service lines, and businesses (including Brokerage, Capital Markets, PDS, Asset Services, and Valuations & Advisory).

Prior to being CEO, Americas, Shawn was Cushman & Wakefield’s East Region President, managing operations in the Eastern part of the U.S and Canada.

Shawn joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2011 as EVP and Market Leader for the Chicago area, later overseeing the Central Region. He formed the firm’s Investor Services Group in 2014 (comprised of Capital Markets, Agency Leasing and Asset/Property Management) with the goal to provide fully integrated solutions for key investor clients and offer thought leadership for their portfolios. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Shawn was President of Brokerage Services at Grubb & Ellis.

Shawn’s focus is bringing together the best professionals in the industry to win and service clients at the highest level.

Matthew Bouw

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific


As Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Matthew is responsible for leading Cushman & Wakefield’s Asia Pacific region which consists of 7,000 employees in more than 70 offices across 11 countries, serving occupier and investor clients.

An Australian native, Matthew brings more than 20 years of experience from a variety of industries including real estate, financial services, professional services, engineering & construction, and mining services, working for large global and multinational firms such as DTZ, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Aviva, Orica, Leighton, and UGL. Over the course of his career, Matthew has lived and worked in a number of different locations including Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Sydney and Chicago.

Prior to his CEO of APAC role, Matthew served as Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Chief Administrative Officer, and also previously served as Global Chief HR & Strategy Officer at DTZ overseeing the firm’s Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Human Resources, and global research functions.

Colin Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA


Colin is Cushman & Wakefield’s Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, responsible for strategic growth in the EMEA region. Prior to this role, Colin was Head of UK & Ireland and served on the European Executive Committee since 2015.

Colin joined DTZ (now Cushman & Wakefield) in 1996 and was appointed a Director in 1998. Active in the Central London investment market since 1988, he has advised major investors and developers on some of the UK capital’s most iconic schemes.

He ran the Central London investment team from 2002 to 2012 and was National Coordinator for Investment Agency between 2004 and 2009. He served on the UK Board between 2005 and 2008 before his appointment as Head of UK & Ireland in February 2012.

A member of the RICS Governing Council between 2013 and 2017, he also launched Inspire, Cushman & Wakefield’s new UK diversity and inclusion initiative in 2016.

Edward Cheung

Chairman, APAC & Chief Executive Officer, Greater China


As Chief Executive, Edward leads Cushman & Wakefield’s operations in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He also acts as Chairman of the firm’s board of directors in the APAC region. Edward maintains client relationships and provides consultant services, while also overseeing strategic planning for Greater China. 

Edward has 28 years of real estate experience—22 of which were spent with DTZ or C.Y. Leung & Co., a firm that became part of DTZ in 1999. DTZ’s China presence expanded significantly under his direction and was considered the industry market leader at the time of the Cushman & Wakefield merger.

Edward earned a BS in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of East Anglia, UK. He is member of the Hong Kong-Macao Committee, Honorary Chairman of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai member of the Shanghai Huangpu District’s Standing Committee of China People’s Political Consultative Conference, and Shanghai representative to the China People's Political Consultative Conference.

Carlo Barel di Sant’Albano

Chairman, EMEA and Chief Executive, Capital Markets and Investor Services, Americas


Carlo Barel di Sant’Albano is Cushman & Wakefield's Chairman, EMEA and Chief Executive, Global Capital Markets & Investor Services. Based in London, he is responsible for driving all business and client activities in EMEA, Asia Pacific and South America. 

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2011, Carlo served as Chief Executive Officer of EXOR, based in Turin, Italy.  EXOR is one of the leading European investment firms, majority owned by the Agnelli family and has a Net Asset Value in excess of US$10 billion.  

In 1987, Carlo received a BA in International Relations at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island) and subsequently in 1992, completed his graduate studies at Harvard Business School (Cambridge, Massachusetts) where he earned a Master’s in Business Administration.

Carlo has served on a number of boards, including EXOR (Italy) SGS S.A. (Switzerland), Juventus F.C. (Italy), Fiat S.p.A. (Italy) and Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli (Italy).

Steve Quick

Chief Executive, Global Occupier Services/Americas Leader


Steve Quick, Chief Executive of Global Occupier Services (GOS), joined the firm in 2013 with nearly 25 years of industry leadership experience. Steve oversees the company’s global platform for occupier clients including major corporations, institutions, and governmental agencies.  

Steve is responsible for core Cushman & Wakefield service lines through GOS, including portfolio planning, transactions, and project and facility management for many of the world’s leading corporations. The former Executive Managing Director of Global Corporate Services at CBRE, Steve has also held executive positions at Johnson Controls Global Workplace Solutions, where he was VP and General Manager of EMEA GWS operations.  

A licensed CPA, Steve earned his MBA in Finance and Management from the University of South Florida and his BS in Accounting and Business at Illinois State University. He serves on the CoreNet Global Board of Directors and is the CoreNet Global Treasurer.  He is a longstanding member of the AICPA.

Paul Bedborough

Chief Executive of C&W Services


As Chief Executive of C&W Services, Paul is responsible for delivering the expert management solutions and coordinated local execution that clients rely on to meet their business requirements worldwide. 

With 16 years of executive experience in the global facilities management and real estate services industry, Paul joined the firm from his former role as VP of Global Operations, Americas at Global WorkPlace Solutions for Johnson Controls, where he was responsible for driving operational excellence, improving customer satisfaction, and increasing profitability across 12 countries and 7,000 locations. 

Earlier in his career, Paul served as Vice President and General Manager of Global WorkPlace Solutions’ facility management U.S. business. He has been based in the U.S. since 2003, having previously served as Director of Operations for the company in the UK.  He earned his MBA at the University of Leicester, U.K., and is a member of CoreNet and IFMA.

Michelle Hay

Global Chief Human Resources Officer


Michelle is Global Chief HR Officer and Chief HR Officer of the Americas at Cushman & Wakefield. In this role, Michelle partners with regional heads of HR to drive strategy on core functions including talent management, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, and HR operations.

Michelle brings extensive experience in developing and leading the implementation of strategic initiatives. Prior to this expanded role, Michelle served as Cushman & Wakefield’s Chief HR Officer of the Americas where she led core HR activities across the Americas, and played a key role in the development and implementation of new and innovative HR programs across the firm.

Prior to joining the firm, she served as Head of HR for the Americas at A.T. Kearney, she also served as Global Chief Human Resources Officer at Heitman, and held HR consulting positions with Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini and Capital H Group.

Duncan Palmer

Global Chief Financial Officer


Duncan Palmer joined the firm in the role of Global Chief Financial Officer in November 2014. He was previously the Group Finance Director of Reed Elsevier in London from 2012 to 2014 and Chief Financial Officer of Owens Corning Inc. in Ohio from 2007 to 2012. 

Duncan earlier held various senior finance positions within Royal Dutch Shell for 20 years in the UK, the Netherlands and the U.S. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Stanford University, and is a UK-qualified Chartered Management Accountant.

Nathaniel Robinson

Global Chief Investment Officer & EVP of Strategic Planning


As Global Chief Investment Officer & EVP of Strategic Planning, Nathaniel is responsible for shaping Cushman & Wakefield’s broader business strategy with responsibility for the efficient allocation of investment capital across the company and driving analysis needed to make major operational, financial and strategic decisions.

Nathaniel joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2016 to help build the firm’s strategic investment and M&A capabilities. Prior to joining, he was an Investment Partner at Virgo Capital where he focused on making new platform investments and developing strategic initiatives for the firm’s portfolio companies.

Prior to Virgo Capital, he worked in Morgan Stanley's Global Technology Group advising leading software and internet companies on acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. Nathaniel is also a co-founder and former Chairman of PhillyCarShare, which was acquired by Enterprise Holdings in 2011. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Dartmouth College, MPP from Harvard University, and BS from Drexel University.

Brett Soloway

Global General Counsel


Based in Chicago, Global General Counsel Brett Soloway oversees the firm’s worldwide legal activities and plays a critical role in developing and implementing governance and risk management practices for the company. As Global General Counsel, Brett is responsible for developing and leading corporate legal strategy and providing counsel on a wide range of areas including regulatory compliance, transactions, risk management, employment law and litigation. 

Brett is also responsible for regional legal teams in the Americas, EMEA, North Asia and Asia Pacific. 

Prior to joining the firm, Brett led an international team for Home Depot that was responsible for all legal matters relating to development, operations and property management activities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China and India. In this role, he managed transactional, environmental, litigation, regulatory and other specialty legal work, including work on M&A transactions, logistics/supply chain concerns, construction and facility maintenance issues, legal compliance and regulatory matters.

Adam Stanley

Global Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer


Adam Stanley provides strategic and operational direction for Cushman & Wakefield’s client facing and colleague technology systems and infrastructure across all global business lines. Drawing on his more than 20 years of industry experience and as an integral member of the global executive team, Adam is a change agent with proven success driving growth, performance, talent retention and innovation. Under Adam’s leadership, Cushman & Wakefield (or DTZ) was named to the CIO100 for 2016 and 2015 by CIO Magazine. Adam has also been honored as one of Chicago’s Tech 50, Infoworld Premier 100 Leader, Huffington Post’s Most Social CIOs, and the InfoWorld CTO 25.

Prior to joining the firm, Adam served as Technology and Security Services Director for Aviva PLC, a FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 insurer and asset manager and the world’s sixth largest insurer. Adam’s numerous global and U.S. leadership roles have also included serving as the Global Chief Technology Officer of Aon, a global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage.

He is deeply involved in the civic and charitable community and in addition to Board roles provides pro-bono technology, operations and organizational strategy advisory services to non-profit organizations.