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DTZ Shakes Up Global Occupier Services Leadership Platform

Taps Quentin Knights as EVP of Operations, Todd Richardson as Head of Americas Business Development
May 22, 2014
Knights and Richardson to lead GOS division.
Knights and Richardson to lead GOS division.
DTZ, a global property services firm headquartered in Chicago, restructured its global occupier services (GOS) leadership team with the promotion of Quentin Knights to the newly created position of executive vice president of global operations and Todd Richardson to head of business development for GOS Americas.

Knights is a 25-year commercial real estate veteran who previously held management and executive level positions with CBRE in Paris, New York and San Francisco. He originally joined DTZ in 2006 to supervise global account management functions for U.S. corporate clients.

In his new role, Knights will work towards enhancing, streamlining and improving GOS performance and reporting consistency, while also implementing a global customer insight program. Knights will relocate from Palo Alto, CA to the head office in Chicago.

Richardson has headed up DTZ's facilities management sales and development team in North America - a nearly $1 billion vehicle for DTZ in the Americas - since joining the firm in March 2013. Previously, Richardson drove national business development and marketing with a concentration on large multi-regional, multi-service corporate real estate clients as the senior vice president at ABM Facility Services. He will continue to operate out of the Boston office.

The restructuring falls in line with the team's stated goal to bolster current client relationships and augment the value of service lines to new occupier clients.

"We continue to see increased client demand and activity for multi-service solutions," said Richardson. "Our new GOS team is aligned to deliver a broad range of customized solutions with more expertise to cover our clients' variety of global needs."

GOS provides integrated management, comprehensive strategy and coordinated local and global execution to support the world's largest occupants looking for solutions to manage and optimize their real estate portfolios.

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