Debra Moritz Joins Cushman & Wakefield to Lead U.S. Business Consulting Practice
12 Dec, 2012, New York
Cushman & Wakefield today announced Debora Moritz has joined the firm as Executive Managing Director, Head of U.S. Business Consulting. Working closely with the firm's entire range of service line professionals, she will oversee an integrated delivery platform designed to improve client business performance by reducing cost, increasing revenue, and mitigating risk. Based in Chicago, Ms. Moritz will report directly to James M. Underhill, CEO of the company's Americas region.
"We are delighted to welcome Debra to Cushman & Wakefield," said Mr. Underhill. "Her presence on our team reflects our continued commitment to execute on our strategic vision to provide the most creative and innovative services on a consistent basis driving meaningful value to our clients. Over the years, Debra has developed an in-depth understanding of the complex and unique challenges companies face in ensuring that major real estate decisions are aligned with and support core business objectives."
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Ms. Moritz served as an International Director/Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) from 1999 to 2011. During that time, she founded and led the firm's Strategic Consulting Group overseeing specialty practices including Portfolio Optimization, Mergers & Acquisitions, Location Advisory, Workplace Solutions, Organizational Design, Process Management and Sustainability.
With more than 20 years of experience and a successful track record of advising business clients on the strategic management of their assets and portfolios, Ms. Moritz also founded Jones Lang Wootton's (JLL's predecessor firm) original Corporate Advisory Services. Her early career included management, development, transaction and consultant positions at the former Richard Ellis (now CBRE), Rubloff, and Union Pacific Corporation.
A frequent speaker at major industry events including the Conference Board and CoreNet Global, Ms. Moritz's thought leadership has covered a wide range of topics including strategic portfolio approaches, change management and maximizing outsourced provider relationships. Among her numerous business and industry affiliations, she is a member of the Chicago Executives' Club, the Urban Land Institute, CoreNet Global and American College of Healthcare Executives.
Ms. Moritz holds an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University and a B.S. in Finance from Creighton University. She was also selected for INSEAD's Executive Development Program in France and has continued business and healthcare studies at University of Chicago and Northwestern University's Kellogg School.
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