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Andrew McDonald Steps into Americas Chief Executive Role at Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield tapped Andrew McDonald to take over the helm of the Americas for the global commercial real estate company. He will oversee the Chicago-based firm’s operations and service lines in local markets across the Americas. McDonald, who previously served as CushWake’s president of the Western U.S., was based in Downtown Los Angeles and replaces Shawn Mobley as Chief Executive.

McDonald has held several leadership roles across Cushman & Wakefield’s SoCal operations since 2001. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Americas, he led Cushman & Wakefield’s Americas West region, overseeing California, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Utah. Before that, he served as Executive Managing Director and Regional Managing Principal for Greater Los Angeles / Orange County.

McDonald began his professional career at ASIMCO, a Beijing-based private equity firm acquired by Bain Capital. In 1999, he returned to the U.S. to work at Cushman Realty Corporation, which merged with Cushman & Wakefield in 2001.

Mobley spent nine years at Cushman & Wakefield including roles as a Chicago Market leader, various regional leadership roles and most recently serving as CEO of the Americas since 2017. In a LinkedIn post Mobley wrote, “I’m stepping down from my role as CEO of the America’s to reassess and pursue the next chapter of my career. Andrew McDonald and the team will do a terrific job moving forward, and I wish them the very best.”

In a statement, Cushman & Wakefield president John Forrester says, “In his nearly 20 years at Cushman & Wakefield, Andrew has been a proven leader in our firm, and in the industry. In his latest role, as leader of our Americas West region, he very successfully directed the firm’s operations and services lines across California, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Utah. We extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Shawn Mobley for his accomplishments and dedication to the firm. After many years in management positions within our firm and the industry, Shawn has decided to leave Cushman & Wakefield to pursue the next chapter of his career, and we wish him well.”

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency integrated marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and public relations strategy. He is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, Social Media and content marketing services. Dennis’s communications background in the real estate industry includes working with many of the top real estate firms – from brokerage companies, developers, homebuilders, investors, owners, lawyers, asset advisors, lenders, architects and property management firms. • Marketed more than 1 Billion Square Feet of Office Space • 70,000 Multifamily/Condo Units • 15,000 Single Family Homes • 30 Million Square Feet of Retail Space • Representing Roughly $100 Billion in Investment In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. Dennis’s agency background on integrated communications teams at many reputable agencies and has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. He formerly was President of the Public Relations Society of America’s Los Angeles of public relations professional, and served on the Board of Directors. He also taught a public relations extension course at Loyola Marymount University. Dennis’s has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.

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