Cushman & Wakefield Appoints Paul Durkin to Lead UK Retail Team
Cushman & Wakefield has appointed retail strategist Paul Durkin as head of UK retail. Durkin joins from Asda, where he was senior director of strategy, to lead a team focused on delivering advisory services to clients operating in a sector evolving at unprecedented pace.
Prior to joining Asda, one of Britain’s largest supermarket brands, Durkin held senior strategy positions at multinational brewing and beverage company SABMiller, FTSE 100-listed Wm Morrison Supermarkets and global management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company. He starts work at Cushman & Wakefield in June.
George Roberts, Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of UK & Ireland, said: “Cushman & Wakefield has retail in its DNA which is why we are really excited about Paul joining us. He brings a potent combination of first-hand insight of working for two of the country’s largest retailers in Asda and Morrisons combined with an advisory background formed at McKinsey.”
The recruitment of Durkin to run Cushman & Wakefield’s UK retail team follows several other senior appointments supporting its strategic emphasis on advisory, alongside traditional transactional, services.
Former Kingfisher PLC’s group property manager Tim Crighton has joined to provide specialist retail supply chain and logistics advice to clients. The firm also hired the team behind leading independent investment advisor Coady Supple – Robin Coady, Dermot Supple and David Sadler – to advise shopping centre owners and investors on their assets. Other recent arrivals include Peter Hutton as head of retail in Scotland and Andrew Marshall and Duncan Gilliard as partners specialising in retail investment and London leasing respectively.