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Cushman & Wakefield Gets New Head of Retail for the Americas

David Gorelick, executive managing director and head of retail for the Americas at Cushman & Wakefield.

NEW YORK CITY—Industry veteran David Gorelick, a Simon Property Group and Ralph Lauren Corporation executive, will join global commercial real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield as executive managing director and head of retail for the Americas, the firm revealed today. In his new position, Gorelick will be responsible for building stronger client relationships and deepening the firm’s retail platform, including expanding retailer tenant representation and agency leasing services lines.

According to a prepared statement, he will also continue to attract and retain top talent across the Americas ensuring Cushman & Wakefield continues to fully support our clients with the strongest retail team. Gorelick will also work closely with John Morris, head of Cushman & Wakefield’s logistics and industrial practice group, to align the firm’s new Commerce strategies that merge retailers’ back-end supply chain functions with their e-commerce, and bricks-and-mortar retail locations.

“As we deepen the commitment to our Retail practice, we’re thrilled to have someone of David’s caliber at the helm to spearhead our strategy and drive growth across the Americas,” says Todd Schwartz, COO of the Americas at Cushman & Wakefield.

Schwartz adds that his experience working in-house at several major global retail brands as well as one of the world’s most significant retail landlords “provides him with an in-depth and highly relevant understanding of our clients’ needs.”

According to Schwartz, Gorelick’s unique perspective and dynamic leadership style will be instrumental in ensuring that Cushman & Wakefield’s retail practice continues “to provide the highest level of service to our clients in  an ever-evolving retail landscape.”

As for the role of Gene P. Spiegelman, who has been an dynamic participant in the retail real estate industry for the past 23 years, serving as vice chairman of Cushman & Wakefield’s retail group, a company spokesperson tells GlobeSt.com that he will continue to play a key role in the company’s retail practice following his decision to return to production earlier this year. The spokesperson also says that he participated in the search and transition to new leadership.

Gorelick brings more than 15 years of retail leadership experience to his new role. He most recently served as vice president, Simon Property Group, Premium Outlets, where he managed global retail accounts across the firm’s 31 million square foot portfolio and was also responsible for identifying and executing the company’s short- and long-term leasing/re-merchandising strategies.

Before his tenure with Simon, Gorelick spent more than eight years with Ralph Lauren, where he held various positions including senior director, Real Estate Europe, based in London; and senior director, Real Estate U.S. & Canada based in New York. His prior retail experience includes roles at Andrew Buckler, Diesel USA, and Buz Jones in New York; and Liz Claiborne in Los Angeles.

“It’s an honor to join Cushman & Wakefield which I view as the best-in-class provider in the business. I’m looking forward to leveraging my retail experience and am excited to identify ways to generate additional opportunities for Cushman & Wakefield’s client-centric retail platform and the firm’s robust logistics, global occupier services, valuation and advisory, asset services, and research teams. It is a privilege to lead the firm’s Retail platform for the Americas during this exciting time in the evolution of retail and the consumer experience.”

Gorelick is an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and a licensed New York Real Estate salesperson.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management/Corporate Communication from DePaul University.  He will be based in New York City.

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