CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE) has announced that William Concannon has been appointed President, Global Corporate Services (GCS). Mr. Concannon is charged with continuing the strong growth of this global business, which has underpinned the company's revenue diversification strategy. He succeeds Mike Lafitte, who has been named President, Americas.
Mr. Concannon is a longtime senior leader of the Company's GCS Group, most recently serving as its Vice Chairman. GCS provides integrated real estate outsourcing solutions on a contractual basis to multinational corporations, the healthcare industry, and the public sector worldwide. In 2009, CBRE was recognised as a top-10 Global 100 Outsourcing firm by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals for its accomplishments in this area.
Mr. Concannon has been instrumental to GCS's success. He has led the Group's strategic services and consulting practice and overseen all business development efforts, playing a leading role in the strong expansion of the Group's global client base. Over the past two and a half years, the company has added 75 new GCS clients, including Nokia, StatoilHydro, Pfizer, Nissan, Citi, France Telecom, Nestle, Oracle, Software AG and Zurich, and expanded its service offering for 62 existing contractual clients, including Bank of America, Sprint, Cisco, and Cigna.
In his new role, Mr. Concannon will be responsible for the Group's overall operations globally, which encompasses delivery of all services to CBRE's GCS client base, including facilities management, transaction management, project management and strategic services and consulting. Regional operations will continue to be run by Matthew Pullen in Europe, Middle East and Africa and Phil Rowland in Asia Pacific.
"Bill is a natural leader and the obvious choice to ensure the continued strong growth of our GCS business," said Cal Frese, CBRE's Global Chief Operating Officer. "He is a pioneer in the corporate services field with intimate knowledge of client needs and opportunities. Our GCS clients and employees alike are in good hands with Bill at the helm."
Matthew Pullen, Head of CBRE's GCS business for the EMEA region, said: "Bill has been instrumental in the success of our corporate services business both globally and in the EMEA region, providing invaluable strategic support and direction for a number of our key global clients. Under Bill's leadership, we have secured the very best guidance for the ongoing expansion of our GCS business across the world."
Mr. Concannon joined CBRE in December 2006 with the acquisition of Trammell Crow Company (TCC). In 1991, he launched TCC's Corporate Services business, and built it over more than a decade into an industry leader in providing real estate outsourcing services to corporate, healthcare and public sector clients. Mr. Concannon began his career at TCC in 1986, and served on the firm's Board of Directors for 15 years prior to its acquisition by CBRE.