Diana D. Boutross has joined Cushman & Wakefield as executive vice president to accelerate the growth of the firm’s outer boroughs practice.

Boutross, who has more than 20 years experience in real estate, will collaborate with Cushman & Wakefield’s Tri-State Region Retail Services Group to build and expand relationships with tenants and landlords. Boutross is based in New York and reports to Katie Mahon, managing director, New York Tri-State Region, Retail Services.

“There’s an enormous opportunity for growth in the boroughs and Diana is just the leader to help us accomplish that,” said Gene Spiegelman, vice chairman and head of retail services for the Americas.

Boutross joins Cushman & Wakefield from Winick Realty Group, where she was an executive vice president, specializing in tenant and landlord representation in Manhattan, the outer boroughs and the Tri-State area. Throughout her career, she completed leasing transactions in the five boroughs, particularly Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Cushman & Wakefield indicated that Boutross was integral in bringing Outback Steakhouse and World of Beer to New York, leased the first Whole Foods in the Williamsburg market, and was instrumental in introducing Starbucks Coffee Company stores to the outer boroughs as the exclusive broker for the coffee giant. She has represented such retailers as NY Sports Club, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Chipotle, Bank of America, Khim’s Millennium Market, and Nick Arrojo of “What Not To Wear.”

On the landlord side, Boutross has arranged leases for The Related Companies, Durst Organization, BLDG Management, Federal Realty Investment Trust, Tishman Speyer, Rudin Management, Emmes Asset Management, Naftali, L&M Development, Acadia Realty Trust, Capstone Equities and General Growth Properties, among others, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

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