From Commercial Observer:
Gemma Burgess, who has placed a number of women and minorities in key commercial real estate roles, assumed an expanded role as CEO of Ferguson Partners on June 1 after nearly 15 years at the talent management firm. She replaced Bill Ferguson, who co-founded the company with Michael Herzberg in 1989 and will stay involved as chairman.
Burgess, who was previously president of Ferguson since March 2021, joined the firm at its London office in 2007 before moving across the pond to run its U.S. search business. Since then, she has led efforts to help diversity in the CRE industry and created Ferguson’s inaugural diversity partnership in 2020 with the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC).
A native of England, Burgess splits time between New York City and Ferguson’s Chicago headquarters. She spoke with Commercial Observer about the significance of being Ferguson’s first female CEO, progress in placing women into CRE executive positions and the industry’s challenges with diversity.
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