CBRE appoints Mike Watts as president for investor leasing

CBRE announced today that Mike Watts, a veteran of more than 25 years in commercial real estate, has joined the company as President, Investor Leasing in the Americas.

Mr. Watts, based in Chicago, will start at CBRE on May 17. He will work in partnership with CBRE’s Americas Advisory leadership team to provide leasing services to the company’s investor/landlord clients across all property types, focusing primarily on the office sector. Mr. Watts will coordinate with CBRE’s Property Management, Capital Markets, Project Management and Valuations leaders to serve investor clients in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

Mr. Watts will join CBRE from Transwestern, where he served as President of the Midwest and oversaw the company’s national agency leasing business development platform. He brings a distinguished background in commercial real estate, with more than 25 years advising owners and occupiers on their real estate strategies in the Midwest and nationally. At CBRE, he will report to Danny Queenan, Global Chief Executive Officer of CBRE’s Advisory Services business segment.

Before joining Transwestern, Mr. Watts was with J.F. McKinney and Associates, where he oversaw the leasing of the 1.5 million-sq.-ft. Hyatt Center development in Chicago and repositioned several high-profile projects in Downtown Chicago. Before that, he worked for LaSalle Partners, where he served as the Downtown Regional Leasing Director.

Mr. Watts earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.