August – Briefs/People

Rufrano Steps Down, Sant’Albano Takes the Reins; Cousins Names Connolly CIO; Manning to Lead Corporate Services at Colliers; Galassini Appointed COO at LaSalle; PREI Names Su CIO for Asia-Pacific; Nash, Austin to Lead Hendricks-Berkadia’s New Houston Business; Grandbridge Hires Fearey as SVP in Washington.

Rufrano Steps Down, Sant’Albano Takes the Reins

Cushman & Wakefield Inc. has named Carlo Barel di Sant’Albano as its interim CEO. He replaces Glenn Rufrano, who had been CEO since early 2010. Rufrano will remain with Cushman & Wakefield Inc. during a transition period, and Sant’Albano will continue to serve as chairman of the firm’s board of directors and as CEO of its EMEA operations, positions he has held since March 2011 and July 2012, respectively.

Sant’Albano’s background includes a 20-year career in investment banking, most recently at Credit Suisse. He joined Cushman & Wakefield from EXOR, where he was instrumental in the acquisition of a majority stake in Cushman & Wakefield in 2007.

Cousins Names Connolly CIO

Colin Connolly has been promoted to the role of chief investment officer at Cousins Properties Inc. The new designation has him overseeing acquisitions, dispositions and opportunistic investments. Connolly joined the firm in September 2011 as senior vice president, and has since executed several high-profile office sales, including Atlanta’s Promenade, 2100 Ross Ave. in Dallas, Post Oak Central in Houston, and 816 Congress in Austin.

Manning to Lead Corporate Services at Colliers

Colliers International Inc. has appointed Kevin Manning as senior vice president for corporate services. He will be responsible for overseeing Colliers’ regional efforts, predominantly in the Silicon Valley. With global real estate experience that spans more than 37 years, Manning is returning home, having served with Colliers Jardine as managing director of the United States and Americas from 1990 to 1997. Manning’s most recent experience was with Cornish & Carey Commercial, where he headed the corporate services unit since its founding in 2000. Prior to that position, he worked for Cushman & Wakefield Inc., serving as managing director of international corporate services.

Galassini Appointed COO at LaSalle

LaSalle Investment Management has named Tiziana Galassini COO & head of product development for the client capital group, a new role. She will be based in the company’s London office and will work with fund managers and fundraising executives around the world to help organize product development efforts. Galassini joins the firm from Morgan Stanley, where she spent 15 years in the investment banking division, including 10 years as part of the real estate banking and advisory team.

PREI Names Su CIO for Asia-Pacific

Prudential Real Estate Investors has named Eryck Su a managing director & chief investment officer for Pramerica Real Estate Investors (Asia) Pte. Ltd., the company’s Asia-Pacific business. Su, who will oversee regional acquisitions and dispositions, was most recently managing director & head of Greater China for Grosvenor Fund Management. His new role will also involve leading company strategy in China; he will also serve as a member of its Asia-Pacific investments committee.

Nash, Austin to Lead Hendricks-Berkadia’s New Houston Business

Hendricks-Berkadia, the investment sales business of Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, is bolstering Berkadia’s presence in Houston with a new office. Chip Nash and Greg Austin have been hired as partners with the firm, and will head the new Hendricks-Berkadia Houston office, working alongside Berkadia’s existing Houston office to expand both apartment investment sales and mortgage banking services throughout the metro area. Nash and Austin come to the firm from Jones Lang LaSalle Inc., where they worked as managing directors for the company’s Texas apartment team.

Grandbridge Hires Fearey as SVP in Washington

Grandbridge Real Estate Capital has a new senior vice president in its Washington, D.C., office with the hiring of Paul Fearey, a 24-year industry veteran. His expertise includes sourcing commercial and multi-family loans nationally through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration, life insurance companies, banks and CMBS lenders. Grandbridge currently has a servicing portfolio of almost $30 billion, representing approximately 100 capital borrowers.