Charlotte real estate firm names new managing principal after shakeup

Brett Gray
Brett Gray

Cushman & Wakefield said Tuesday that Brett Gray has been named to head its Charlotte office as managing principal.

He has been interim managing principal since April, when Steve Gassaway resigned from the firm. Gray was formerly senior vice president leading asset services. In his role as managing principal, he’ll oversee the Charlotte office’s 134 employees, including 21 brokers.

“Charlotte is a critical market for our Southeast strategy as we refine our alignment across the region to best serve existing clients and develop new business,” said Gray, in a statement. “With our thriving economy and world-class talent, the Charlotte region provides an excellent base from which to grow our brand and serve clients ranging from startups to the Fortune 500 and leading global institutions.”

Cushman & Wakefield executives said Gray won the job after a three-month talent search.

“Brett understands and can drive Cushman & Wakefield’s culture better than anyone,” said John O’Neill, who is charge of Cushman & Wakefield in Atlanta and the Carolinas. “He’s a proven industry and community leader.”

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo