CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE) today announced that Matt Van Buren has been promoted to president, New York Tri-State Region.
“Matt has demonstrated an ability to manage our talented professionals, while also adding value to our clients,” said Mike Lafitte, president, the Americas, CBRE.
“Since joining CBRE, he has excelled in various leadership positions with increased management responsibilities, and earned the confidence of both our Tri-State professionals and our senior management team. With Matt at the helm, we are well positioned to further grow our leadership position in the nation’s most influential market.”
The promotion comes after former CEO Mitch Rudin left the company last month to join Brookfield Properties and Van Buren was named interim New York tri-state leader.
Van Buren joined CBRE in January 2006. Previously, he served as executive managing director, with responsibility for CBRE’s Midtown Manhattan brokerage division, as well as all activities relating to the firm’s operations at its New York City headquarters at 200 Park Avenue.
As managing director of CBRE’s Midtown operation, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm’s Midtown-based brokerage operation, which provides strategic real estate services to clients throughout the Midtown and Midtown South markets. In addition, he has been a contributor to the management of new business, especially in assignments of unusual complexity or scope.
With 20 years of experience in building and leading sales organizations, Mr. Van Buren is a highly seasoned and versatile manager.
Van Buren spent the first eight years of his career in positions with General Electric and GlaxoSmithKline. From 1991 through 2005, he built and managed sales organizations for Wolters Kluwer and Thomson Reuters.
With his promotion, Van Buren will join CBRE’s Americas Executive Committee, and will continue to serve on the Americas Operations Management Board.
Van Buren is an active member of The Real Estate Board of New York and serves on the Executive Committee of the New York Section of Urban Land Institute, as well as the Association for a Better New York.
He graduated from the University of Albany, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration.