Week in Review: Industry Moves and Hires

This week has seen four major hires: David Morrison as global head of strategy at CBRE-GI; Javier Rosenberg as Radisson COO and Carlson EVP; John Gavin as principal with Sterling Bay; and Mark Wanic as Cushman's head of occupier services in the Americas.

December 2, 2011
By Nicholas Ziegler, News Editor

Morrison Joins CBRE-GI as Global Head of Strategy

David Morrison has joined CBRE Global Investors as global head of strategy, where he will be responsible for developing and implementing investment strategies, programs and products for the firm and its clients and overseeing the investment-committee process globally in conjunction with the Global Executive Committee. Additionally, he will oversee the research and portfolio risk management functions and the approval process associated with the allocation of firm capital to fund new business initiatives. Prior to joining the firm, Morrison served as global head of real estate strategy for Morgan Stanley Real Estate and co-CEO of the Prime Property Fund.

Rosenberg Named COO of Radisson, EVP of Carlson Hotels

Javier Rosenberg has been promoted to the positions of COO of Radisson and EVP of Carlson Hotels’ managed hotels group in the Americas. In his new role, Rosenberg will continue to oversee all Carlson’s owned and managed hotels within the Americas and will now oversee the operations of all Radisson franchised hotels within the United States. He was most recently the vice president of owned and managed operations for Carlson Hotels in the Americas. Rosenberg has more than 20 years of diverse global hospitality experience with positions ranging from operations manager to a regional operations position with IHG in the Caribbean. Prior to joining Carlson, he most recently served as partner and managing director at Knightsbridge Partners.

Sterling Bay Hires Former Grubb EVP Gavin as Principal

Sterling Bay Cos. has hired former Grubb & Ellis EVP John Gavin as a principal in the firm to leverage his relationships the institutional-investment space to generate opportunities for sourcing capital. Gavin joins Sterling Bay with more than 17 years of commercial real estate experience working with institutional investors in the acquisition and disposition of major commercial assets in Chicago and across the Midwest. He also served as a director in the Capital Markets Group of Cushman & Wakefield Inc. from 1995 to 2009. Since the middle part of this year, Gavin has been involved in five major assignments totaling more than 1.7 million square feet of space and valued at more than $200 million.

Wanic to Become Cushman’s Head of Occupier Services in the Americas

Mark Wanic has been named as the head of the newly created occupier services position at Cushman & Wakefield Inc. He will be responsible for managing the goals, objectives and financial performance of the occupier services group in the Americas. Wanic’s primary focus will be on growing new and existing occupier clients by leveraging C&W’s global platform. In the course of his activities, he will collaborate closely with the firm’s brokerage professionals, leveraging their deep client relationships. Previously, Wanic served as a senior managing director for Cushman in the New York metropolitan market and was appointed senior relationship manager for a prominent list of international clients including Pfizer, United Technologies, Inc., Abbott Laboratories and Unilever.