John Cefaly

John Cefaly

Executive Vice Chairman

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    1290 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10104-6178
    United States

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    +1 212 841-5977

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Mr. Cefaly has worked at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. for 45 years – the first 30 years spent in the downtown office of Cushman & Wakefield where he was the leading broker for 20 consecutive years. During his tenure, Mr. Cefaly has made numerous contributions to the Cushman & Wakefield organization by serving on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, Global Management Team and the Compensation Committee. He also founded and chaired the Brokerage Advisory Committee.

Mr. Cefaly has been engaged as both broker and consultant by many of the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions and property owners. He has consistently been among the top five producing brokers within Cushman & Wakefield Worldwide over the past 30 years and is recognized as one of the top real estate professionals in the country.  He was the recipient of Cushman & Wakefield’s Worldwide Top Overall Producer Award in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2011, Most Ingenious Deal of the Year in 2003 and 2006, Deal of the Year in 2001 and 2006, and Cushman & Wakefield’s Worldwide Second Top Producer Overall in 2017.

Mr. Cefaly has been personally responsible for sales and leases in excess of 40 million square feet and is recognized as one of the most successful tenant representation professionals in the country. Mr. Cefaly and his team concluded the highest profile and largest lease in Manhattan in 2006 – the 600,000 square feet. Moody’s corporate headquarters relocation to Seven World Trade Center.  He also led the three-member Cushman & Wakefield team that negotiated the largest lease/equity transaction in the City of New York in 2001 – the 1.2 million square feet. CIBC World Markets lease at 300 Madison Avenue. In 2010 his team negotiated the relocation of Deloitte’s headquarters from downtown Manhattan to 30 Rockefeller Plaza for 460,000 suare feet and in 2011 negotiated the largest deal in Midtown Manhattan for Nomura Holding America Inc. at Worldwide Plaza for 900,000 square feet.  In 2013-2014, Mr. Cefaly led the lease-up of such trophy assets as 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 199 Water Street and 101 Park Avenue.

Professional Affiliations

Member of Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)


Bachelor of Science degree from Wilkes University, where he served as a member of its Board of Trustees


  • CIBC World Markets / 1.2 million square feet
  • Deloitte / 436,000 square feet
  • Moody’s Investors Service / 600,000 square feet
  • Nomura Holding America, Inc. / 900,000 square feet
  • Warburg Pincus / 125,000 square feet