Cushman & Wakefield announced it has promoted Mark Wanic to Americas Head of Occupier Services.
In this newly created position, Wanic will manage the goals, objectives and financial performance of the Occupier Services group in the Americas, reporting directly to John Santora, president and CEO of Corporate Occupier & Investor Services (CIS).
Cushman & Wakefield’s CIS group is the company’s largest operating division with 17,269 properties under management totaling more than 774 million square feet and employing more than 7000 professionals world-wide.
“We are delighted to have Mark step into this important role further strengthening Cushman & Wakefield’s position in the Americas and executing on our growth initiative as part of our strategic plan for the region,” said Santora.
The promotion follows on the heels of a series of strategic initiatives in Cushman & Wakefield’s Americas region, including recruitments and promotions of leadership personnel within the firm and a broadening of operations in South America to include Columbia and Peru.
Within CIS, a new regional head for the Mid-West U.S. region has recently been appointed and Korn/Ferry International has been retained to recruit a replacement for Wanic in Manhattan as well as a new regional head for the Western U.S. region.
In addition, expansions have been made in the CIS industrial and retail property management groups, and a broadening of the firm’s facilities management services in South America is underway.
Cushman & Wakefield has added 1,549 new hires globally in 2011, an increase of 45% over the prior nine-month period in 2010.
Prior to his recent promotion, Wanic served as Cushman & Wakefield’s Senior Managing Director, Area Leader for CIS in the New York Metropolitan market, and was appointed senior relationship manager for a prominent list of international clients including Pfizer, United Technologies, Inc., Abbott Laboratories and Unilever.
He professional background includes having served as vice president of Global Channel Partner Sales Operations at CA (Computer Associates, Inc.) and director of International Real Estate Operations at Lucent Technologies based in the Netherlands where he managed 15 million square feet.