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Melanie Kirkwood Ruiz Joins Cushman & Wakefield as CIO, Americas

Cushman & Wakefield has hired Melanie Kirkwood Ruiz as CIO, Americas to lead the firm’s technology strategy in the region. She will focus on innovation, integration and optimization to support its overarching business strategy in the region and globally.

Based in Chicago, she will report to Adam Stanley, Global CIO and Chief Digital Officer. Kirkwood Ruiz will work across the firm’s Americas platform of more than 190 offices to develop tech solutions that improve operations, enhance customer service and drive new business.

“As massive technology shifts continue to impact our industry, Melanie will play a key role in supporting the digital transformation of our firm,” Stanley said.

Kirkwood Ruiz joins Cushman & Wakefield from Scientific Games, where she served as Vice President of Business Technology, responsible for making IT more agile and innovation focused to enhance client services.

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