John Cushman

Chairman of Global Transactions • United States

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John Cushman

Chairman of Global Transactions • United States


John C. Cushman, III is a global leader in the commercial real estate industry. He currently serves as Chairman, Global Transactions, where he is responsible for formulating and articulating strategic policies and initiatives for Cushman & Wakefield on a national and global basis.

Over the course of his 50+ year career, John has played an instrumental role in advancing Cushman & Wakefield to its position as one of the top commercial real estate firms in the world. Prior to his becoming Chairman of the Board and subsequently Co-Chairman of the Board of Cushman & Wakefield, John was acknowledged by a variety of media sources as the top office leasing broker in the United States.

John began his career with Cushman & Wakefield in 1963 in New York City. In 1967, he moved to Los Angeles to open Cushman & Wakefield’s first office in Southern California. In 1965, as President of the Westerns Region, he was responsible for 60% of Cushman & Wakefield’s offices in the United States. John and his twin brother, Louis B. Cushman, started their own firm in 1978, Cushman Corporation Realty, which they grew from two offices to operations in 11 US cities with over 200 employees. In 2001, Cushman Realty merged with Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. and John became Global Chairman of the Board of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. In September 2015, Cushman & Wakefield merged with DTZ, with the newly formed organization retaining the storied Cushman & Wakefield name. In 2017, John served as Chairman of the Centennial Committee for Cushman & Wakefield’s 100th anniversary. He currently sits on Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Advisory Board.

In his free time, John enjoys golfing and spending time outdoors on his ranch with family and friends. He also serves as Chairman and Director of Zaca Mesa Winery in Santa Barbara County, California. John has served on the boards of 14 public corporations throughout his career.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Colgate University
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Colgate University
  • Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School

  • 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, Commercial Property News
  • 2015 Business Person of the Year, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • 2017 Cushman & Wakefield Hall of Fame Award
  • 2019 Patriot Award, Central Intelligence Agency Officers Memorial Foundation
  • 2022 George Washington Award, Central Intelligence Agency

  • AECOM/DMJM Rottet
  • Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO)
  • AT&T
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • The Boeing Company
  • Bingham McCutchen
  • Burlington Resources
  • Citigroup, Inc.
  • City Investing Company
  • Crocker National / Wells Fargo Bank
  • Drexel Burnham Lambert
  • Ebasco
  • Ernst & Young
  • FHP, Inc. Headquarters
  • First Interstate Bancorp Headquarters
  • First Interstate Bank Headquarters
  • Home Insurance Company
  • International Creative Management, Inc. 
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Headquarters
  • King & Spalding
  • Marsh & McLennan Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
  • Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
  • Nestle USA, Inc.
  • Pacific Enterprises Headquarters
  • Parsons Corporation
  • Princess Cruises Headquarters
  • Southern California Gas Company Headquarters
  • The Standard Oil Company Headquarters
  • Taco Bell Corp. Headquarters
  • Times Mirror Company / Los Angeles Times
  • UBS PaineWebber, Inc. Headquarters
  • Unocal Corporation Headquarters
  • Unocal / 76 Products Company Headquarters
  • Wells Fargo Bank Southern California Headquarters  

  • Negotiated lease for Merrill Lynch & Company’s global headquarters at the World Financial Center, New York City — the largest office lease in the world
  • HQ relocation for The Boeing Company
  • HQ relocation for The Standard Oil Company
  • HQ relocation for Burlington Northern, Inc.
  • HQ relocation for UBS PaineWebber, Inc.
  • HQ relocation for Unocal Corporation
  • HQ relocation for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO)

  • Director Emeritus, Callaway Golf Company
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, CerraCap Ventures
  • Trustee Emeritus, Colgate University
  • Member and Former Director, Real Estate Roundtable
  • National President, Boy Scouts of America, 2004-2006
  • President, Boy Scouts of America Foundation, 2004-2006
  • Former Trustee, Urban Land Institute
  • Former Member, Advisory Board, National Park System
  • Member, Advisory Board, WCO Spectrum, LLC
  • Member, Advisory Board, Skylark Labs, Inc.

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