Chief Operating Officer, Americas • United States
ExpertiseAs Chief Operating Officer, Americas, Richard Cenkus is responsible for coordinating operational and administrative activities across all markets, service lines and support functions throughout the Americas region of Cushman & Wakefield which consists of 29,000 employees, in 215 offices and 10 countries. In this role, he ensures the delivery of these activities to client-facing professionals including fee-earners and other front-line colleagues. He also serves as Chief of Staff to the CEO, Americas, and has a lead role in mergers and acquisitions and integration activities.
Prior to becoming the COO, Americas, Cenkus 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.
Cenkus joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1998 as Counsel. Prior to his arrival at the firm, he served as Corporate Counsel at Kingsland Properties from 1995-1998, 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 1989-1992 Cenkus 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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