Glenn J. Rufrano, a 30 year-veteran of commercial real estate and former chief executive officer of Cushman & Wakefield, has joined O’Connor Capital Partners as chairman and ceo.

Rufrano acquired a full partnership stake in O’Connor Capital, a privately owned, independent real estate investment, development and management firm. He was a founding partner at The O’Connor Group, the real estate company’s predecessor.

O’Connor Capital Partners has approximately $3.5 billion of assets under management including 14 million square feet of properties.

Over the past three years, the firm has invested $1.7 billion in retail properties ranging from high-street retail to Class A malls. Recently, it acquired a large joint venture interest in six malls owned in partnership with the Westfield Group. The company also invests in residential real estate and is based in New York City, with a regional office in Mexico City.

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