Chief Operating Officer, Americas • United States
As Executive Vice President, Market Operations, Americas, Richard Cenkus oversees all aspects of market activities, including operations in all markets, broker support requirements, market activation, crisis management, Alliance partnerships and Cushman & Wakefield’s Veterans program.
Prior to becoming EVP of Market Operations, Rick was COO of the Americas region and was responsible for coordinating operational and administrative activities across all markets, service lines and support functions. He also served as Chief of Staff to the CEO, Americas, and has played an integral role in leading mergers and acquisitions and integration activities.
Before becoming the COO, Americas, Rick served as the North America General Counsel for Cushman & Wakefield. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the legal function in North America and providing dedicated support to the CEO, Americas, and other senior leaders in North America. He also provided direct legal support for the firm’s strategic initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions activities, in North America.
Rick joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1998 as Counsel. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Corporate Counsel at Kingsland Properties, a diversified real estate services firm providing brokerage, finance, general construction, land development, and property management services to the commercial and residential real estate markets in the Chicago area. Reporting directly to the President, he was responsible for all legal affairs of Kingsland’s network of companies and partnerships. From 1989 to 1992, Rick served as an Officer in the United States Air Force, including a seven-month tour of duty with a combat engineering unit in the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He was one of 12 individuals selected in 1991 for education and training in the USAF JAG Corps.
- Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Director, Volunteers of America
- Board of Directors, Community Contacts Inc.
- Committee Member, SEAL—NSW Family Foundation
- Juris Doctor, DePaul University School of Law, Chicago
- Bachelor of Arts and Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduate, Gordon College, Wenham, Mass
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