Cushman & Wakefield announced today that Laura Pomerantz has joined the firm as Vice Chairman and Head of Strategic Accounts, effective immediately. Ms. Pomerantz, who most recently served as principal and founding partner of Laura Pomerantz Real Estate, LLC, is expected to be joined by five professionals from her firm, including her longstanding associates, Betty Ende and Ilyssa Schwartzberg.
Ms. Pomerantz will lead the newly formed Strategic Accounts group and will be responsible for growing relationships at the firm. With her deep experience working on both office and retail transactions, she will provide clients with significant added value. Strategic Accounts will grow internationally and Laura will have an integral role in working with Cushman & Wakefield’s professionals.
“Over the years, Laura has been a trustworthy and responsible real estate advisor both personally and professionally to Bloomberg, L.P. and me,” said the Honorable Michael Bloomberg. “Her experience and professionalism combined with Cushman & Wakefield’s international platform, should prove to be a formidable association.”
“Today marks another important win for the future of Cushman & Wakefield,” said Ed Forst, President & CEO of Cushman & Wakefield. “Laura is one of the most influential and accomplished business executives in our industry with an enviable track record. She has unique leadership experience, having inspired transformational work across office and retail. Her world-class network of relationships throughout the commercial real estate sector and the Client Only belief she shares with our firm make Laura the ideal executive to lead our Strategic Accounts team.”
“Given the global outreach of Cushman & Wakefield in all aspects of real estate services and its highly respected position globally, I feel that this is a fantastic opportunity for me to best augment my experience and skills,” said Ms. Pomerantz. “There’s no doubt in my mind that Cushman & Wakefield represents the best of the best in the industry, with an impressive roster of clients and flawless execution of some of the most high-profile retail and office transactions in New York, the U.S. and around the world. Cushman & Wakefield has an outstanding reputation and I am thrilled to be working with Ed Forst and the rest of the team at this incredibly dynamic organization.”
With nearly 20 years of commercial real estate experience, Ms. Pomerantz has successfully completed more than 8 million square feet of office and retail assignments for clients including Bloomberg L.P., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Hudson’s Bay Company, Josie Natori, Tory Burch and Stuart Weitzman. She is also the exclusive and national representative for Ted Baker/London, Scoop, Levi Strauss & Company and Vince Camuto. In addition, she has represented Abercrombie & Fitch for flagships in the United States and internationally – and has completed deals on its behalf in Milan, Paris, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, London and Madrid.
Richard Baker, who serves as Chairman and CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company, said, “Hudson’s Bay Company has just completed landmark office and retail transactions that will transform the Downtown Manhattan market. Laura Pomerantz was instrumental as our Owner’s Representative in completing these four office and retail leases. Her energy, professionalism and experience will enhance Cushman & Wakefield and will only broaden their global capabilities. She is a great choice on their part.”
“I am delighted to hear that Laura Pomerantz is joining Cushman & Wakefield as Vice Chairman and Head of Strategic Accounts as we have had a long association with both parties,” said Lindsay Page, COO of Ted Baker/London. “Laura has been a trusted and valued adviser to Ted Baker for over 10 years and her wide experience and professional integrity will be a great addition to Cushman & Wakefield’s global expertise. Laura’s empathy with her clients and their requirements, allied with Cushman & Wakefield’s client-focused values and worldwide reach, will provide positive benefits for both existing and potential clients.”
Prior to establishing Laura Pomerantz Real Estate, Ms. Pomerantz was Principal and Co-Founder of PBS Real Estate and PBS/Gould Ventures. She also served as a Senior Managing Director at Newmark & Company Real Estate, with senior level responsibility for major tenant representation assignments. She was the Executive Vice President at The Leslie Fay Companies for 18 years and served on their Board of Directors.
Ms. Pomerantz serves on several business boards including G-III, a public apparel manufacturing and retail company, and ROIC, a real estate public company REIT, as well as serving on a private Real Estate Fund Board for AREA Properties, the former Apollo Real Estate. She is a member of the Carnegie Hall Board of Trustees, serving on its Executive Committee and as Chairman of its Special Events Committee. Ms. Pomerantz is also on the Board of Directors of the Richard Tucker Foundation and formerly served on the Board of Women In Need and the Metropolitan Opera. She was the recipient of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Equal Opportunity Award in 1990, and was an inductee to the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers in 1992.