Bill Knightly

Chief Operating Officer, Global Occupier Services
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Bill Knightly

Chief Operating Officer, Global Occupier Services

As Chief Operating Officer of Global Occupier Services (GOS), Bill is responsible for driving global service delivery and operational excellence across GOS service lines and functional groups. Bill joined the firm in 2015 as Global Head of FP&A and brings nearly 20 years of operational excellence and global finance expertise to Cushman & Wakefield. During his tenure, he has held a number of leadership positions, most recently as EVP of Investor Relations and Treasurer. Bill was instrumental in creating value during the firm’s merger, helping build the global finance function and executing several debt capital markets transactions.

Previously, Bill spent 13 years at General Electric, where he led Global FP&A and Global Commercial Finance for GE Transportation. He spent six years with the GE Audit Staff gaining global experience in multiple industries throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. He’s also a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program. Immediately prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Bill worked for TPG Capital as an Operations Executive.

Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hartwick College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and is a class of 2019 fellow with Leadership Greater Chicago.

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