Cushman & Wakefield Names CIO

Holding degrees from Northwestern University and Cornell, Melanie Kirkwood Ruiz has previously worked for Scientific Games, United Airlines, Abbott and Johnson & Johnson.

Melanie Kirkwood Ruiz
Melanie Kirkwood Ruiz

Cushman & Wakefield has named Melanie Kirkwood Ruiz as CIO, Americas. She will be based in the company’s Chicago office and will report to global CIO & Chief Digital Officer Adam Stanley. Kirkwood Ruiz will also work closely with Chief Executive for the Americas Tod Lickerman, as well as Americas COO Todd Schwartz.

In her new position and as part of the firm’s Global Technology Solutions team, Kirkwood Ruiz will spearhead Cushman & Wakefield’s Americas technology strategy. She will work across the company’s nearly 200 offices in the region to develop new tech solutions, improve operations and drive new business.

Tech solutions specialist

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Kirkwood Ruiz served Scientific Games as vice president of business technology. Apart from holding various leadership roles, she worked on consolidating several billion-dollar companies into one global tech platform. During her career, she has also served Johnson & Johnson, Abbott and United Airlines.

“As massive technology shifts continue to impact our industry, Melanie will play a key role in supporting the digital transformation of our firm,” Stanley said in prepared remarks. “She is a dynamic leader with more than two decades of global experience leading and implementing technology solutions that maximize profitability and drive productivity.”

Kirkwood Ruiz holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and two degrees—a bachelor of science in engineering and a master’s—from Cornell University.

Earlier this month, Cushman & Wakefield announced five high-level promotions within the firm’s Americas offices. 

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