U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Joins Cushman & Wakefield Investors Asia

    Veteran foreign trade expert and former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore
    Franklin L. Lavin to help build Cushman & Wakefield's investment
    business in Asia

    NEW YORK, June 6 /CNW/ -- Cushman & Wakefield, the world's largest
privately held commercial real estate services firm, today announced the
appointment of Franklin L. Lavin to Managing Director and Chief Operating
Officer of Cushman & Wakefield Investors Asia. He will be based in Hong Kong
and Washington, D.C.
    Mr. Lavin previously served as Under Secretary of Commerce for
International Trade within the U.S.  Department of Commerce, a position he
stepped down from to assume his role at Cushman & Wakefield.
    At Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Lavin will be responsible for helping to
build the firm's investment management business throughout Asia. In addition
to executing the roll-out of various investment funds, Mr. Lavin will be
responsible for investor relations for Cushman & Wakefield Capital Asia, and
he will be active in the management of investment funds.
    According to Cushman & Wakefield President and Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Mosler, "The recruitment of Frank Lavin is a major move for our firm as
we continue to diversify our business into real estate financial services and
expand operations throughout Asia. Our clients will benefit greatly from his
deep knowledge of global trade and the business landscape in Asia."
    "Frank is a key addition to Cushman & Wakefield Investors Asia, and he
will be instrumental in the continued growth, development and management of
our business," said Helen Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Cushman & Wakefield
Investors Asia. "Cross-border capital constitutes more than 30 percent of all
global property investment, and Frank's experience and exceptional knowledge
of China and India will be a powerful tool for our clients seeking
opportunities there."
    As Under Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Lavin was an advocate for American
business and a steadfast promoter of free markets across the globe. He led the
International Trade Administration's team of more than 2,200 dedicated
individuals posted around the world.
    Previously, Mr. Lavin was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of
Singapore from 2001 to 2005, where his duties included helping negotiate the
landmark U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. From 1996 to 2001, he worked in
Hong Kong and Singapore in senior banking and management positions at Citibank
and Bank of America.
    He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia and the
Pacific during the George H.W. Bush Administration, with responsibilities for
commercial policy, trade negotiations and assisting U.S. companies with market
access throughout all of East Asia, except Japan.
    During the Reagan Administration, Mr. Lavin served in the White House as
Director of the Office of Political Affairs, assisting in the management of
domestic political issues. He also served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the
National Security Council where he planned state visits and summit meetings.
    Previous government service includes staff positions at the White House
and the U.S. Department of State.
    Mr. Lavin earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown
University; a M.S. in Chinese Language from Georgetown University; a M.A. in
International Relations and International Economics from the School of
Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University; and a M.B.A.
in Finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
    A native of Canton, Ohio, he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S.
Naval Reserves. He and his wife have three children.

For further information:

For further information: Dwayne Doherty, Director, Corporate 
Communications of Cushman & Wakefield, +1-212-841-7748,  ddoherty@cushwake.com
Web Site: http://www.cushmanwakefield.com

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