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Cushman & Wakefield Strengthens Turkish Operations with Two Key Hires

Cushman & Wakefield, the world's largest privately owned real estate services company has today announced the appointment of a new leadership team in the Turkish market which will significantly strengthen its position and enhance service provision for domestic and international investors and occupiers across all sectors. Two senior professionals have joined Cushman & Wakefield this week from Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and are both Partners and members of the Turkish Board of Directors.

Rahsan Cebe, the current head of Cushman & Wakefield in Turkey will be stepping down from her role and relocating to Canada in early 2013. These hires are part of a major recruitment drive by Cushman & Wakefield in Turkey and further appointments are to be announced in the coming months.

Togrul Gönden has joined as Managing Partner for Cushman & Wakefield in Turkey. Togrul is a Turkish National and was previously Director and Head of Retail Property & Asset Management for JLL in Russia. Togrul was educated in Germany, the US and Spain, and over the past 12 years, has gained a wealth of international property experience having worked and lived in Germany, Turkey and Russia.

Tugra Gönden has joined Cushman & Wakefield as Partner and Head of Office and Industrial in Turkey. He was previously a Director for Commercial Markets at JLL in Turkey where he developed the Office and Industrial Agency and Tenant Representation businesses. He has been based in Istanbul for the last six years. Prior to that, he had a nine year career in project and property management in Germany.

Carlo Barel di Sant'Albano, CEO of Cushman & Wakefield in EMEA, said: "These latest appointments of top talent at Cushman & Wakefield are in line with our global strategic plan to strengthen areas of our business in markets where we see significant opportunities for growth. There is a lot of demand for office, industrial and retail services from international and domestic clients who view Turkey as an increasingly important market and we are now very strongly positioned to capitalise on this demand and to create a market leading operation providing best-in-class services for our clients."