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Cushman & Wakefield Appoints Aubrey Waddell Chief Executive of Global Occupier Services

Michael Boonshoft • 1/25/2024
CHICAGO - Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK), a global leader in real estate services, today announced Aubrey Waddell has been named Chief Executive Officer of the firm’s Global Occupier Services (GOS) division.

“Our GOS business has been a top priority for many years now, as it is integral to our overall firm and client strategy – we have every confidence that Aubrey and the GOS leadership team will continue the growth of this critical service line,” said Andrew McDonald, Global President and COO.

Waddell joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2021 to serve as Global Head of Commercial Operations for GOS. Since joining, she has been a core part of the division’s success, with a client-centric approach delivering comprehensive real estate solutions to the world’s largest occupiers, including workplace strategy, facility and project management, and transaction management.

“I’m excited to lead an exceptional team wholly focused on positioning our firm and clients for long-term, sustainable growth. The GOS model, built on collaboration, flexibility and partnership, will continue to deliver best-in-class solutions for our clients,” said Waddell.

aubrey waddellBefore joining Cushman & Wakefield, Aubrey oversaw commercial strategy for JLL’s largest enterprise occupier clients. She also served as General Counsel for JLL’s Workplace Dynamics business in the Americas. She received her Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt Law School and Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

Outgoing GOS CEO Bill Knightly made significant contributions to the firm, beginning with his work on the merger of DTZ, Cassidy Turley and Cushman & Wakefield. He also served as EVP of Financial Planning & Analysis, as Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations through the Initial Public Offering process, interim Americas CFO and Global Controller and as a trusted member of the company’s Global Management Team.

“We are incredibly grateful for the contributions Bill made in multiple roles over the past nine years, and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said McDonald.
About Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global commercial real estate services firm for property owners and occupiers with approximately 52,000 employees in nearly 400 offices and 60 countries. In 2023, the firm reported revenue of $9.5 billion across its core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, and valuation and other services. It also receives numerous industry and business accolades for its award-winning culture and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), sustainability and more. For additional information, visit


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