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The commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) has named Noelle Perkins as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective July 1.

In her new job, the Chicago-based Perkins will provide strategic advice, guidance, oversight and support to the firm’s global business and operations. She will be responsible for Cushman & Wakefield’s global legal function, playing a critical role in implementing governance and risk management practices for the firm.

Perkins joins Cushman & Wakefield from Univar Solutions, where she served as senior vice president, general counsel, chief risk officer and secretary. Prior to Univar Solutions, Perkins served as chief counsel for the oilseeds processing segment of Archer Daniels Midland Company, as deputy general counsel for John Bean Technologies Corp., and as a litigation associate with Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, which is now K&L Gates. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University.

“I look forward to joining Cushman & Wakefield and helping the firm and its people expertly navigate the commercial real estate landscape, especially in this time of economic uncertainty, heightened attention to environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations, and the opportunities these challenges create,” said Perkins.

“We are very pleased to welcome Noelle to Cushman & Wakefield to lead our corporate legal strategy and provide counsel on a range of areas. She is a pragmatic business executive whose public company and operational experience will benefit our firm,” said Cushman & Wakefield CEO John Forrester. “I am confident that Noelle will be a strong leader to our exceptional legal team, enabling our firm to continue to uphold the highest level of integrity in all that we do to make an impact for our people, clients, communities and planet.”