Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Consulting Group Bolsters Portfolio Consulting Practice
28 Feb, 2007, Los Angeles, CA
Two Distinguished Executives Join the Firm’s L.A. North Office to Expand Portfolio Consulting Practice
LOS ANGELES – February 28, 2007 – Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Consulting Group today announced that Michael O. Cissell and Robert E. Rosenthal have joined the group’s Portfolio Consulting Practice. Based in the firm’s Los Angeles North office, they will primarily focus on providing portfolio consulting services to mid-, small- and micro-cap companies.
Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Consulting Group designs real estate solutions and platforms for clients that enable better business performance, increased revenue and reduced costs.
Michael O. Cissell has joined the group as an Executive Managing Director. He will oversee the national practice and will work in conjunction with Robert E. Rosenthal, who has joined the group as a Senior Managing Director, to provide advice and counsel to occupiers with multiple owned and leased properties to identify opportunities to generate portfolio value through the implementation of creative disposition, acquisition or restructuring strategies.
Cushman & Wakefield’s Portfolio Consulting practice utilizes a model-driven evaluation to assist clients in understanding their space needs, property utilization, economic costs (accounting and tax), market realities and potential improvement opportunities. The Portfolio Consulting team identifies how real estate can be more effectively utilized and aligned with the overallbusiness and recommends and executes new approaches to lower cost, increase value and improve overall portfolio efficiency and performance.
“Mike and Bob’s background and expertise will considerably boost our ability to provide the highest level of occupier portfolio consulting services available and allow us to offer an even more diverse and sophisticated spectrum of services to our clients,” says Andrew D. Ratner, executive managing director and head of Global Consulting Group.
Mr. Cissell has more than 25 years of extensive corporate real estate experience. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, he served as executive vice president of Colliers Corporate Solutions Group. Prior to that, Mr. Cissell was a senior managing director, Client Solutions at Cushman & Wakefield with the dual responsibility of business development in the Western United States and client operations on a national basis.
Mr. Cissell has extensive hands-on experience in consulting, acquisitions, dispositions, financial analysis, consolidations, logistics, distribution, transportation, capital investment analysis and planning. While serving as director of real estate for Kraft Foods, he was responsible for the acquisition and disposition of the firm’s properties within the United States and Canada. Prior to Kraft, he was director of real estate at Baxter Healthcare, a Fortune 100 firm. Mr. Cissell earned his MBA at Indiana University and a B.A. from Purdue University. He is a past instructor of CoreNet’s advanced finance curriculum and has served in leadership positions at both the local chapter and national level.
Robert Rosenthal has more than 16 years of experience in managing all aspects of corporate real estate. He has extensive hands-on experience in strategic planning, transaction management, and portfolio administration, as well as the development of standardized process documentation, benchmarking and reporting, and implementation of integrated technology tools and applications. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Rosenthal was vice president of Real Estate Strategies for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., where he was responsible for development and implementation of portfolio planning strategies on a global basis. Prior to Warner Bros., Mr. Rosenthal was a director of Global Corporate Services at Cushman & Wakefield. He was responsible for the development and implementation of national and global real estate strategies and solutions for clients in the Western United States and directly managed ten corporate accounts. Mr. Rosenthal graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing from California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA.
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