Cushman & Wakefield announced today that the firm has promoted Josh N. Kuriloff to Executive Vice Chairman.
“At Cushman & Wakefield, promotions are awarded based on consistent top level production, as well as carrying out the values of Cushman & Wakefield – integrity and respect; collaboration and trust; confidence, and mentorship,” said Glenn Rufrano, President and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield. “Josh is very passionate and is always driving for success on behalf of his clients. Over the course of many years, he has delivered creativity and innovation on a consistent basis, adding meaningful value for our clients. In addition, he has dedicated himself to giving back to the community through charitable organizations and events. We are very proud of Josh’s work ethic and accomplishments and congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”
Mr. Kuriloff is a 29-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry and has distinguished himself as one of the leading brokerage professionals at Cushman & Wakefield, the world’s largest privately held real estate services firm. He has consistently ranked among the firm’s top producing brokers, including earning distinction as the top producing C&W brokerage professional worldwide in 1998 and 2009. Mr. Kuriloff is also the recipient of C&W’s coveted Deal of the Year Award for the completion of a complex and strategic plan on behalf of Pfizer Inc. to acquire 685 Third Avenue, a 31-story, 635,000-square-foot office building.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kuriloff has guided the real estate strategy for many of the world’s largest corporations and organizations, and has executed sales and leasing transactions on their behalf throughout the United States and abroad. He is best known by his clients for his creativity and ability to complete complex transactions.
“I really enjoy the part of the business where I can provide clients with strategic, out-of-the-box thinking. It truly energizes me,” said Kuriloff. “The creative side of me is something that comes from my parents, who were both artists. I feel a great sense of fulfillment when I can help provide clients with creative thought and forward thinking strategies.”
In one of his most noteworthy transactions, Mr. Kuriloff was responsible for changing the name of Chicago’s Sears Tower to Willis Tower on behalf of his client, Willis Group Holdings, which he still represents today on a national scale. Mr. Kuriloff was responsible for branding the Willis name on the exterior and interior of the building. In the end, the transaction involved the leasing of 140,000 square feet and serves as the company’s Midwest regional headquarters.
“I will never forget the ceremony that was held by Mayor Daley of Chicago to announce the name change of the Sears Tower,” said Kuriloff. “It was a memorable and once-in-a-lifetime experience. To say we were responsible for the iconic transformation of the Chicago skyline is truly fulfilling.”
Mr. Kuriloff’s clients include the most recognized names in global business, as well as revered organizations and prominent landlords in the New York metropolitan area. He is part of a global team, which includes Bruce Mosler, Chairman of Global Brokerage, which serves as exclusive leasing agent on Manhattan West, one of the largest developments taking place in Manhattan. The Manhattan West site will consist of 5.4 million square feet of class-A office and mixed-use space and a 1.5-acre public plaza.
In addition to his success as a brokerage professional, Mr. Kuriloff is dedicated to the real estate industry and the communities in which he lives and works. He has a passion and commitment to giving back through charitable organizations and activities. He is a past honoree for Saint Mary’s Healthcare System for Children and serves on the board of directors of the United Hospital Fund, which honored him in 2012 with a Special Tribute for his service to New York’s hospital and health care community and to the Fund.
“Josh is providing invaluable service to the health care community as both a real estate professional and as a committed volunteer leader. I am especially impressed by his desire to motivate the next generation of business leaders to assume volunteer leadership roles and their philanthropic responsibilities, especially in health care,” said Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund. “Josh’s influence and example will benefit New York for generations to come.”
In addition, Mr. Kuriloff serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis and Chair of the Real Estate and Finance Alliance for George Washington University, his alma mater.