As Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cushman & Wakefield, Brett White is responsible for management of the global business and Executive Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield’s board of directors.
Today, Cushman & Wakefield is a leader in real estate services with approximately 51,000 employees in 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2018, the firm had revenue of $8.2 billion. Since 2015, under Mr. White’s leadership, the firm has achieved transformative growth and successfully broadened its geographic and service capabilities through the merger of DTZ, Cassidy Turley and Cushman & Wakefield. Additionally, Cushman & Wakefield transitioned to a publicly traded company through one of the leading IPOs of 2018, creating a robust financial position.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. White had a 28-year career with CBRE, serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2012 and President from 2001 to 2005. He was also a member of CBRE’s board of directors from 1998 to 2013. In these roles, Mr. White played a leadership role in developing the company into the world's largest commercial real estate firm.
As an executive at CBRE, some of Mr. White’s accomplishments included: co-leading the successful leveraged buyout by Blum Capital Partners and Freeman Spogli & Co. in 2001; co-leading the initial public offering following the buyout in 2004; and leading three transformational acquisitions - Insignia/ESG ($500 million), Trammell Crow Company ($2 billion), and ING Real Estate Investment Management ($1.4 billion). He and his team were responsible for more than 100 other acquisitions from 1997 through 2012.