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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.

Tod Lickerman

Chief Executive of the Americas


A leader in the property services industry with nearly 30 years of experience, Tod Lickerman is Cushman & Wakefield’s Chief Executive of the Americas. Tod is responsible for leading the Americas region including all geographic markets, service lines and businesses (including Brokerage and Capital Markets, GOS, PDS, Asset Services, Valuations & Advisory, and C&W Services), and business functions, drawing on his deep experience in building businesses that put client needs at the center of a multi-dimensional service offering. 

Tod draws on his broad base of experience in guiding the development of investor and occupier property solutions and capabilities for real estate and property services providers. 

Previously Tod held the position of Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Solutions, Americas for Jones Lang LaSalle. Tod earned his BS in Architecture at the University of Wisconsin and is a registered architect in the State of Wisconsin. He is an active member of CoreNet, IFMA, Tradeline and the Sourcing Interest Group.

John Forrester

Chief Executive EMEA


John is Cushman & Wakefield’s Chief Executive, EMEA, a role he previously held at DTZ, prior to the firm’s merger with Cushman & Wakefield. He is a member of the Global Executive Committee and Global Management Board. 

Prior to becoming Chief Executive, EMEA, John was Group Chief Executive of DTZ Holdings PLC and led the formal sale process of DTZ plc to UGL in 2011.

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

John was appointed President of the British Council for Offices in 2016.

Edward Cheung

Chairman APAC Board & Chief Executive 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, Global Capital Markets & Investor Services


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).

Joe Stettinius

Chief Executive, Americas Brokerage and Capital Markets


Joe provides strategic vision and leadership for the company’s brokerage and capital markets operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South America. He also held the position of Chief Executive Americas at DTZ prior to its merger with Cushman & Wakefield. 

Before DTZ’s merger with Cassidy Turley in early 2015, Joe served as Cassidy Turley’s CEO, where he helped achieve record-breaking performance and significant revenue increase, and guided the firm through consolidation with former affiliates in the Western U.S., the acquisition of Tampa-based CLW Real Estate Services Group, and Cassidy Turley’s sale to a TPG-led investment consortium. Earlier, he was Cassidy Turley’s President and formerly held senior leadership positions at Trammell Crow and Equity Office Properties Trust. 

Joe is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. He was recognized as Commercial Property Executive’s “Executive of the Year” in 2015, and as one of Commercial Property Executive’s “Most Influential People in Real Estate” in 2013.

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.

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.

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.

Matthew Bouw

Global Chief Administrative Officer


As a member of the Global Executive Committee, Matthew is responsible for managing the Human Resources function, and oversees the Marketing and Research functions across Cushman & Wakefield group globally. Matthew has over 20 years experience having worked for large global and multinational firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Aviva, Orica, Leighton and UGL. 

Throughout his career, Matthew has lived and worked in a number of different locations including Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Sydney. He now resides in Chicago where he relocated in April 2014. In his prior role, Matthew worked as Group Executive, Human Resources & Corporate Services for UGL. During his time with UGL, Matthew was responsible for managing human resources, procurement, property management and health services across the UGL group globally.

Matthew received his BS with distinction in Business and Accounting from RMIT University and is also a qualified CPA.

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.