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Cushman & Wakefield Announces New EMEA Leadership

John Forrester, Colin Wilson, George Roberts

Global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield today announces changes to its EMEA leadership to underline its commitment to leading change in the real estate industry two years on from its global merger with DTZ.

Chief Executive EMEA John Forrester has been named as Global President. Colin Wilson becomes Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, with George Roberts appointed Head of UK & Ireland. All roles are effective from 1 December 2017. 

As Global President Forrester will have day-to-day operational and management oversight of the firm’s four global regions of the Americas, EMEA, APAC, and Greater China. He will also be responsible for developing the firm’s range of services to satisfy clients’ evolving needs. The global role, working closely with CEO Brett White, will be based in London. 

Pre-merger, Forrester served as Chief Executive EMEA at DTZ, which he joined in 1988. He also acted as Group Chief Executive of DTZ Holdings plc and led the formal sale process to UGL in 2011. Under his leadership, Cushman & Wakefield’s EMEA business has been strengthened by strategic appointments and acquisitions – including Cogest Retail (Italy), DTZ Zadelhoff (Netherlands) and ADMOS (Belgium & Luxembourg). 

Wilson joined DTZ in 1996, leading Central London investment and national investment teams before being made Head of UK & Ireland in 2012. Since the merger he has built out the UK & Ireland business, adding new capabilities to meet changing client demands, and served on the EMEA leadership board. An ambassador for increased diversity and inclusion in the industry, he launched Inspire, Cushman & Wakefield’s new UK diversity and inclusion initiative last year. 

Wilson will be supported in his role by Carlo Barel di Sant’Albano who continues as EMEA Chairman. 

Roberts previously led the London Markets division, comprising occupier representation, leasing, capital markets, residential and development teams. He has overseen the growth of the division, with the team being at the centre of some of London’s most iconic projects this year.

Prior to heading London Markets, Roberts was central to growing Cushman & Wakefield’s award-winning occupier representation team. The team has advised on some of London’s signature pre-lettings in recent years.

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