NEW YORK – Cushman & Wakefield announced today four new appointments to the U.S. Corporate Project Management Services team led by Melissa McKinney.
Michael Laffey, Project Management Director, joins as East Coast Regional Lead; Amira DeCastro-Paluskiewicz, Project Management Director, joins as the New York Regional Lead; Katy Ruscitti, Project Management Director, joins as Central Regional Lead; and Anuj Dalal, Project Management Director, joins as West Coast Regional Lead. Mr. Laffey, Ms. DeCastro-Paluskiewicz, Ms. Ruscitti, and Mr. Dalal will drive new business development and oversee clients as key members of our Corporate Project Management team.
“We have strengthened our platform by hiring outstanding professionals to support our clients’ needs in the U.S.,” said Ms. McKinney, U.S. Head of Corporate Project Management. “This team provides a wide range of expertise to support our ‘clients only’ approach.”
Mr. Laffey has 22 years of experience managing high-achieving teams and leading complex project and construction management assignments. He spent seven years at CBRE, where he was Director of Project Management and New Jersey Market Leader. Based in East Rutherford, New Jersey, his knowledge of industry trends and innovations will strengthen our platform’s expertise. Mr. Laffey is a graduate of the University of Miami-Coral Gables with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing.
Ms. DeCastro-Paluskiewicz brings 20 years of experience as a real estate and facilities management professional in the Financial Services industry. Based in New York City, New York, she has a full range of experience, from Project Architect to management positions at companies such as AIG and American Express. Ms. DeCastro-Paluskiewicz is a graduate of Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. She also holds a Master of Science in Facilities Management from Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture in New York.
Ms. Ruscitti has more than 25 years of experience in design and management. Based in Chicago, Illinois, she spent the last four years at Gensler, where she was a Project Director and Business Development Leader in their Interiors group and served as the Technology Firm Practice Area Leader for the North Central Region. Most recently, she was the Account Director for Discover Financial Services, overseeing their 2 million SF of space renovations. Ms. Ruscitti received a Bachelor’s of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri.
Mr. Dalal has over 15 years of expertise supporting corporate clients in Project Management services. Based in San Francisco, California, he previously worked for Jones Lang LaSalle as the Global Project Management Office (PMO) Director for a Consumer Goods client, leading a shared services team. Mr. Dalal holds a Master of Science in Engineering & Project Management and a Management of Technology Certification from the University of California at Berkeley. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles.
About Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield advises and represents clients on all aspects of property occupancy and investment. Founded in 1917, it has 250 offices in 60 countries, employing more than 16,000 professionals. It offers a complete range of services to its occupier and investor clients for all property types, including leasing, sales and acquisitions, equity, debt and structured finance, corporate finance and investment banking, appraisal, consulting, corporate services, and property, facilities, project and risk management.