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Kelly to Lead Newly Created Risk Management Services at Cushman & Wakefield

Former NYC Commissioner to Aid Landlords, Tenants in Identifying and Mitigating Threats
March 7, 2014
Cushman & Wakefield has hired Raymond W. Kelly as president of its newly-created Risk Management Services (RMS) division, effective March 24th.

The RMS group will offer its clients tailored solutions in the management of risks around the world, including identifying potential vulnerabilities, preparing for and mitigating risk across physical and cyber security intelligence, crisis management, due diligence and site selection, and emergency preparedness.

As the former, and longest serving, New York City Police Commissioner, Kelly oversaw a steep reduction in crime, including a 40 percent decrease in violent crimes, while building counterterrorism and intelligence bureaus responsible for keeping the city safe from ongoing terrorism threats.

"[Ray Kelly's] proven track record of successfully managing risk in business, law enforcement, public safety, and the military are obvious," said Ed Forst, Cushman & Wakefield president and CEO. "The risks our global clients face are diverse, disruptive, geographic in scope, and constantly evolving. Adding one of the world's foremost risk management and security experts to our leadership team will provide our clients the highest level risk management service in the industry and adds incredible power to our brand."

Kelly's 50 years of public service has seen him sit as NYC Police Commissioner twice, as well as directing the International Police Force in Haiti, serving as Vice President of Interpol from 1996 - 2000, Commissioner of the US Customs Service, and Undersecretary of Enforcement at the US Treasury Department. He retired as a Colonel in 1993 following 30 years of service in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, which included a combat tour in Vietnam.

For his service in Haiti, Commissioner Kelly was awarded the exceptionally meritorious service commendation from the President of the United States. In 2006 he was awarded France's highest decoration, the Legion d'Honneur, by then French Minister of the Interior Nicholas Sarkozy. Kelly holds a BBA from Manhattan College, a Juris Doctorate from St. Johns University School of Law, an LLM from New York University Graduate School of Law and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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