Photo Release -- DTZ Initiates Americas Expansion With New Leadership Structure

Robert Shibuya
Nick Westley
George Keches
Greg Schementi

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DTZ, a leading global property services firm, has announced a new leadership structure for the Americas as part of the firm's ambitious strategy to deliver integrated real estate services globally. The dynamic executive team positions DTZ to achieve significant growth in the Americas region through its full-service platform, including brokerage, leasing, property and facilities management, workplace strategy, project management, capital markets, and strategic portfolio consulting.

Robert Shibuya

Nick Westley

George Keches

Greg Schementi

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Effective immediately, Nick Westley, a 26-year industry veteran, assumes the expanded responsibilities of Chief Executive – Americas, in addition to his recent appointment in October to President – Global Corporate Services (GCS). In his newly expanded role, Mr. Westley will oversee the expansion of DTZ's property services business lines throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Mr. Westley is based at DTZ's global headquarters in Los Angeles and reports to Robert Shibuya, Group President of DTZ.

In another move, George Keches, a 20-year veteran of DTZ, has been named to the newly-created position of President – Global Facilities Management. In this role, Mr. Keches will report directly to Mr. Shibuya, and leverage his industry experience and expertise to implement global strategic solutions for occupier clients seeking to reduce their total cost of occupancy. Mr. Keches also retains his current role overseeing DTZ's Americas facilities management business, the largest business line for DTZ globally. He is based in Auburndale, MA.

Rounding out Mr. Westley's Americas team are Greg Schementi, Executive Vice President for US Occupier Services/Tenant Representation, based in Chicago, and Rob Cookson, Executive Vice President for Americas Global Corporate Services, based in Palo Alto, CA.

Mr. Schementi assumes oversight of all DTZ's transaction services nationally, including business planning, operations management, and US tenant representation services. Mr. Cookson is responsible for all integrated account-managed occupier requirements in the Americas, including cross-market and multi-service line sales and delivery. Both Mr. Schementi and Mr. Cookson are long-time DTZ executives, with successful track records in driving down real estate costs, improving workplace efficiency, and optimizing the real estate portfolios of corporations, government and public sector clients.

"DTZ's top priority is to continue building on our strong platform for client service in the Americas. Our dedicated new leadership team will be the catalyst for our further expansion throughout the region," noted Robert Shibuya, DTZ Group President. "The appointment of Nick Westley, Greg Schementi and Rob Cookson sets the stage for our current and long-term growth strategies for the Americas, and further strengthens our global operations," Mr. Shibuya added.

Of further note, DTZ's Canadian brokerage operations will continue to be led by Colin Ross, who was appointed President of the region in September.

About DTZ

DTZ, a UGL company, is a global leader in property services. We provide occupiers and investors around the world with industry leading, end-to-end property solutions comprised of leasing agency and brokerage, integrated property and facilities management, capital markets, investment and asset management, valuation, building consultancy and project management. In addition, our award winning research and consulting services provide our clients with global and local market knowledge, forecasting and trend analysis to make the best long-term decisions for their continuous success far into the future. DTZ has 47,000 employees including sub-contractors, operating across 208 offices in 52 countries. For further information, visit: www.dtz.com

About UGL Limited ABN 85 009 180 287

UGL Limited (ASX:UGL) is a global leader in outsourced engineering, property services and asset management and maintenance delivering essential services that sustain and enhance the environment in which we live. UGL comprises three business units including Engineering, Operations & Maintenance and Property providing services across the power, water, rail, resources, transport, communications, defence and property sectors. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, UGL operates worldwide across 52 countries employing over 56,000 people.

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CONTACT: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Shibuya Group President DTZ, a UGL company +1 213 426 3004 +1 213 219 1902 robert.shibuya@dtz.com Mary Tamaki Global Marketing and Communications Director DTZ, a UGL company +1 213 426 3015 +1 213 505 3142 mary.tamaki@dtz.com Media please contact: Mary Tamaki, +1 213 426 3015Source: DTZ, a UGL company