CBRE adds industry leaders Guy Ponticeillo, Bruce Westwood-Booth to its Capital Markets division

CBRE Group, Inc.‘s CBRE Capital Markets has added to its Corporate Capital Markets and Net Lease Property Group in the Americas– Guy Ponticiello has joined as managing director, and Bruce Westwood-Booth as executive vice president.

Based in Chicago, Ponticiello will become the group’s national practice leader. Ponticiello and Westwood-Booth will work with the existing group members to grow the practice in the U.S., with the aim of strengthening CBRE’s position as the market leader.

Both professionals join CBRE from JLL and will report to Kevin Aussef, executive managing sirector of Investment Properties for CBRE’s Capital Markets, and Brian McAuliffe, president of Institutional Properties for CBRE’s Capital Markets, who lead the company’s investment sales businesses in the United States.“The addition of Guy and Bruce reinforces our commitment to ensuring we align the needs of our most astute occupier clients with the talent needed to create superior outcomes for them. Guy will drive product and service development, consistency and quality to our market leading practices,” Christopher Ludeman, Global President of CBRE’s Capital Markets, said.

Ponticiello brings more than 23 years of real estate transaction experience with corporations, institutional investors, financial institutions and developer clients and has sold in excess of $15 billion of real estate assets during his career. A significant component of his transaction sales expertise stems from sale-leaseback, build-to-suit developments, net lease investment sales, acquisitions and corporate surplus dispositions throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Recent transactions for Ponticiello include: $540 million State Farm net lease portfolio sale, $300 million Citibank sale-leaseback portfolio, $240 million SunTrust net lease portfolio sale, and various sale-leaseback assignments on behalf of Walgreens Corporations in excess of $300 million.

He received his MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his bachelors degree from DePaul University. He is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Urban Land Institute.

Westwood-Booth has 28 years of corporate finance experience and has led numerous nationally renowned transaction assignments valued in excess of $9 billion during his career. Recently, he has been involved with or led the Capital Market efforts for some of the most high profile headquarter, build-to-suit and sale leaseback assignments in the U.S. including Zurich North America’s 750,000-sq.-ft. headquarters, Navistar Corporation’s 1.2 million-sq.-ft. headquarters, Toyota North America’s one million-sq.-ft. headquarters, Mercedes Benz USA headquarters, Tate & Lyle USA headquarters and various other clients.

Westwood-Booth received his MBA and bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University. He has completed post-graduate work at Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois.