As Chief Executive Officer, Americas, Shawn provides strategic vision and leadership for the firm’s more than 190 offices and 28,000 employees in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South America. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Global Advisory Board, which guides critical decisions to drive a winning, best-in-class firm.
Prior to his current role, Shawn was President of Cushman & Wakefield’s East Region, overseeing the firm’s businesses and operations in the Eastern part of the U.S. and Canada.
Shawn joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2011 as Executive Vice President and Market Leader for the Chicago area, and later added the oversight of the firm’s operations in the Central Region. He formed Cushman & Wakefield’s Investor Services Group in 2014 (comprised of Capital Markets, Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Project & Development Services, Valuation & Advisory, and Sustainability) with the goal of providing fully integrated solutions for key investor clients.
Throughout his tenure, Shawn’s focus has been on bringing together the best professionals in the industry to win and service clients at the highest level.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Shawn was President of Brokerage Services at Grubb & Ellis, where he oversaw the national brokerage team. He started his commercial real estate career at JLL where he served as Senior Vice President in the Corporate Solutions Group, specializing in advisory and transaction services for global corporate occupiers. Earlier, he was Investment Officer at ABN- AMRO Securities, and also held a marketing position at Procter & Gamble. Shawn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. In 1997, he completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program.
He is active in industry and civic organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Chicago United, and the Navy Seals Family Foundation. Other organization memberships include Member of the Board of Directors of HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership), Member of Board of the Directors of World Business Chicago, Director of the Cushman & Wakefield Charitable Foundation, Executive Board Member of the Within Reach Foundation, and Member of Bloomberg Breakaway.
In addition, Shawn previously served on the Economic Advisors Panel for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development. With more than 21 years in the business, he is a sought- after thought leader at industry panels and events.