February 24, 2022 1:00 PM
Newmark Global Corporate Services (GCS) brings on six new hires with specialty expertise to its consulting practice. Newmark GCS’ consulting practice advises firms—from fast-growing biotech businesses to Fortune 100 corporations—on how to optimize global property portfolios and workplace services. As Newmark continues to build out its GCS business, the platform is well-positioned to serve the growing demand for accelerated corporate real estate strategies capable of adapting to quickly changing business models.
“Enterprises are facing ever-changing demands and uncertainties. Agile real estate strategies and flexible service solutions to support advances in business models have never been more important,” said Roy Abernathy, who leads Newmark GCS’ consulting practice and Workplace Strategy & Human Experience specialty. “Change and adaptability are paramount. Whether introducing hybrid work models, reviewing location strategies or optimizing services, we’re advising clients to make informed choices using innovative engagement strategies, deep due diligence and pragmatic change management.”
“The current business climate and dynamic global economics are making businesses consider where they locate and how they find the talent needed to thrive,” added Bob Hess, who leads Newmark GCS’ Global Strategy consulting specialty. “Successful navigation of these complexities demands thorough analysis of deep data sources to inform location strategy internationally.”
Strengthening GCS’ specialty consulting practices—including sports, life sciences, legal, logistics and EV manufacturing—the expertise of these six industry professionals ranges across specialties:
David Dera, Managing Director, Location Strategy & Economic Development, GCS, based in Germany
Dera’s focus is on location strategy, supply chain optimization, economic development and incentives advisory across the EMEA region for GCS clients. He is an expert advisor to corporations on growth strategies—including footprint assessments and site selection—and public sector organizations (EDOs and IPAs) on investment attraction strategies. Dera has in-depth commercial real estate experience in Europe, particularly the Central and Eastern Europe region, as well as the Middle East and North America, and led large-scale investment projects for the manufacturing and service sectors.
Mike Lee, Life Science Lead, Workplace Strategy & Human Experience, GCS, based in Massachusetts
With expertise in the life science and technology sectors, Lee supports GCS clients in advanced workplace and real estate portfolio management. Lee specializes in the planning, design and project delivery of laboratory space, and has worked with some of the most renowned scientific institutions. His knowledge spans a diverse range of disciplines from biochemistry to robotics, sub-atomic imaging to MRI core facilities, cybersecurity to life sciences.
Lynn Osborne, Managing Director, Co-Lead Legal Workplace Practice, GCS, based in Florida
Joining the GCS team, Osborne drives transformative workplace assignments to enhance employee experience through space and technology, helping to optimize clients’ operational and financial performance. Experienced in legal workplaces, Osborne helps clients respond to business process, delivery and experiential challenges. Osborne has held leadership positions for workplace strategy consulting businesses and co-chaired legal workplace practices in notable design firms.
Ash Pajoohi, Senior Managing Director, Portfolio Strategy Lead, GCS, based in New York
Pajoohi specializes in optimizing portfolio strategy and advancing workplace models to reduce costs, improve performance and enhance talent attraction and retention for GCS clients. Pajoohi previously served in senior leadership consulting roles in the corporate real estate industry. Highly skilled at extracting value from property assets, improving business efficiency and resiliency, Pajoohi has underwritten over $5 billion in real estate transactions and created annual savings of more than $450 million for clients.
Rod Arreguin, Director, Workplace Management Services, GCS, based in California
With over 20 years of experience in corporate real estate and global corporate services, Arreguin is a client-centric strategist specializing in flexible facilities management services for GCS. He has represented clients on a local, national and international basis, and built expertise to support high-growth technology firms in the Silicon Valley with their global workplace needs.
Connie van Rhyn, Director, Workplace Strategy & Change Management, GCS, based in New York
Van Rhyn joins GCS with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, workplace strategy, change and project management and sustainability initiatives. Van Rhyn previously served as Director of Workplace Strategy & Sustainability with the PepsiCo, Inc. Global Real Estate Team and as VP of Real Estate & Workplace at AQR Capital Management. She will service clients’ workplace strategy needs, working in the New York and Tri-state area, and support change management projects across the U.S.
Newmark Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMRK), together with its subsidiaries (“Newmark”), is a world leader in commercial real estate, seamlessly powering every phase of the property life cycle. Newmark’s comprehensive suite of services and products is uniquely tailored to each client, from owners to occupiers, investors to founders, and startups to blue-chip companies. Combining the platform’s global reach with market intelligence in both established and emerging property markets, Newmark provides superior service to clients across the industry spectrum. Newmark generated revenues in excess of $2.9 billion for the year ending December 31, 2021. Newmark’s company-owned offices, together with its business partners, operate from approximately 160 offices with over 6,200 professionals around the world. To learn more, visit nmrk.com or follow @newmark.
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