C&W’s Kelly Named ABC News Consultant

Cushman & Wakefield's newest president of the Risk Management Services group, former NYPD head Raymond Kelly, has now been tapped to lend his expertise to ABC News.
Raymond Kelly

Raymond Kelly

It was quite a coup when Cushman & Wakefield landed Raymond Kelly, former Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, as president of its newly formed Risk Management Services group earlier this month, and now the firm’s prized security expert will lend his expertise to ABC News.  Kelly has been tapped by the news organization to serve as a consultant for all ABC News platforms.

A spokesperson for C&W told Commercial Property Executive that Kelly’s busy schedule–he marked his first day on the job at the firm Monday, March 24–left him with little time for additional comment on his new gig at C&W or the role he’ll play at ABC News. However, John Santora, president & CEO of Corporate Occupiers & Investor Services with C&W, summed it all up in a nutshell.

“Global risks are diverse, disruptive, geographic in scope, and constantly evolving,” he said in a prepared statement. “Commissioner Kelly brings a high level of strategic advice and expertise in managing risks in business, law enforcement and public safety to Cushman & Wakefield. He will be an exceptional asset for ABC News.”

Kelly certainly comes well-armed to tackle both positions. The longest serving commissioner in the history of the NYPD, he brings to the table a 50-year career in public service that also includes such titles as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, Undersecretary of Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department and Vice President of Interpol.

At C&W, he will guide the company in offering clients security solutions, including physical and cyber security intelligence, crisis management, due diligence/site selection and emergency preparedness. The issue of security, in all its forms, rushed to the top of the commercial real estate industry’s radar after 9/11 and it’s no less an important concern today.

According to a report released by global security services provider Securitas in 2013, the top management security challenges in the real estate industry are workplace violence prevention, cyber/communications security, followed by business continuity planning/organizational resilience.