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NEW YORK, NY

JLL Brings on Robert Gibson to Expand Retail Platform in New York

Gibson to Lead Additional Growth of Tenant, Agency Practice


NEW YORK, April 1, 2014 — JLL has hired Robert Gibson as vice chairman of New York retail brokerage to lead the expansion of the firm’s retail platform in Manhattan. Gibson will be responsible for the growth of retail tenant and agency leasing in New York.

Gibson, most recently a vice chairman with Cushman & Wakefield Inc.’s Midtown Manhattan office, has more than 26 years of retail leasing experience in New York and nationally. A leading broker within the industry, he was named Cushman & Wakefield's Top Overall Producer Award in 2012, a distinction that recognizes performance across all service lines.

“Bob is a highly successful retail leasing expert with deep experience in New York City and throughout the United States,” said Peter Riguardi, president of JLL’s New York tri-state operations. “His knowledge of New York’s retail market and established relationships within the retail community will enable us to significantly enhance our existing retail service platform.”

"New York is a vital market for international retailers pursuing entry into the U.S., and for national retailers seeking access to an extremely dense customer base," said Greg Maloney, CEO of JLL Retail. "As retail's globalization continues and competition for prime, high-street locations increases, the addition of Bob Gibson to our New York retail platform will significantly enhance our ability to service clients with the very best representation."

“JLL’s extraordinary national reach and its internal culture of collaboration will enable us to provide a greater level of service to retailers seeking a presence in the New York metropolitan area and nationally,” said Gibson. “We look forward to a period of additional growth and expansion.“

Stephen Schlegel, market director of JLL’s New York tri-state region, said: “The addition of Gibson to our existing retail practice creates a robust platform for new and existing JLL clients, and it rounds out the expansion of JLL’s New York office to provide complete services across all business lines.” JLL’s existing NYC retail brokerage team, Paul Berkman, Craig Slosberg and Davie Berke, will work as a team with Gibson in servicing New York and tri-state-area retail clients.

Gibson has represented H&M, Ferragamo USA, Capital One Bank, Burton Snowboard Company, Citibank N.A., Filene's Basement, Sixty USA, Ricoh Corporation and Verizon Wireless in the New York metropolitan area and Salvatore Ferragamo, Burton Snowboards, Furla, and Trina Turk nationally. Property owners he has represented include Fisher Development Associates, LLC, Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company, Alchemy Properties, Jamestown Properties, Digby Management, Colby Capital, and Marx Realty & Improvement Corp.

Gibson received a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York's Stores Committee, and of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

JLL has been expanding its retail services at the local and national levels by leveraging the depth of capabilities in its Retail Tenant Solutions and its relationships with local and national retailers.

JLL’s Retail Group serves as the industry’s leader in retail real estate services. The firm’s more than 850 dedicated retail experts in the Americas partner with investors and occupiers around the globe to support and shape investment and site selection strategies. Its retail specialists provide independent and expert advice to clients, backed by industry-leading research that delivers maximum value throughout the entire lifecycle of an asset or lease. The firm has more than 80 retail brokerage experts spanning 20 major markets, representing more than 100 retail clients. As the largest third party retail property manager in the United States, JLL’s retail portfolio has 305 centers, totaling 65.7 million square feet under management in regional malls, lifestyle centers, grocery-anchored centers, power centers, central business districts, transportation facilities and mixed-use projects.
For more news, videos and research from JLL’s Retail Group, please visit: www.jllretail.com

JLL is a leader in the New York tri-state commercial real estate market, with more than 1,600 of the most recognized industry experts offering brokerage, capital markets, property/facilities management, consulting, and project and development services. In 2012, the New York tri-state team completed approximately 23.8 million square feet in lease transactions, arranged capital markets transactions valued at $1.57 billion, managed projects valued at nearly $7.0 billion, and oversaw a property and facilities management portfolio of 102.1 million square feet and an agency leasing portfolio of 76.0 million square feet.

About JLL
JLL (NYSE:JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $4 billion, JLL operates in 75 countries worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 3 billion square feet and completed $99 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2013. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.6 billion of real estate assets under management. For further information, visit www.jll.com.