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Board of Directors

Front row (left to right): Beth Cobert, Bob Sulentic, Brandon Boze, Shira Goodman, Christopher Jenny
Back row (left to right): Ray Wirta, Laura Tyson, Gerardo Lopez, Curtis Feeny, Sanjiv Yajnik, Reginald Gilyard

Brandon B. Boze, Board Chair

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Board Chair

Mr. Boze has been the Independent Chair of our Board since May 2018 and has been a director since 2012. He is a Partner at ValueAct Capital, a privately-owned investment firm. Prior to joining ValueAct Capital in August 2005, Mr. Boze was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, focused on power utilities and later technology mergers and acquisitions.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Mr. Boze brings to the Board experience in finance, strategy and mergers and acquisitions as well as deep knowledge of our business as a Partner at a significant stockholder. He serves on the board of directors of Trinity Industries, Inc. and previously served on the board of directors of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. Mr. Boze holds a B.E. from Vanderbilt University and is a CFA charterholder.

Bob Sulentic, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Director Since December 2012

Mr. Sulentic has been our CEO since December 2012 and President since March 2010. He previously served as the President of our Development Services business from December 2006 to April 2011, as our Chief Financial Officer from March 2009 until March 2010 and as our Group President from July 2009 until March 2010. Mr. Sulentic was a member of our Board and Group President of Development Services, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from December 2006 through March 2009. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow Company from October 2000 through our acquisition of that company in December 2006, and prior to that served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 1998 to October 2000.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Mr. Sulentic brings to the Board a significant operating background in the commercial real estate industry through extensive experience, previously with the Trammell Crow Company before its acquisition by us, and later with our Company in his capacities as Group President of several service lines, as our Chief Financial Officer, as Company President and now as our CEO. Mr. Sulentic previously served on the board of directors of Trammell Crow Company from December 1997 through December 2006, including as its Chairman from May 2002 through December 2006. Mr. Sulentic was the independent Board Chairman of Staples, Inc. until September 2017. Mr. Sulentic holds a B.A. from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Beth F. Cobert, Director

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Director Since May 2017

Ms. Cobert was named Chief Executive Officer of Skillful in April 2017. Skillful is an initiative of the Markle Foundation, which helps all Americans to keep up with the rapid transformations that automation and other technological advancements are bringing to jobs in the digital economy. She served as the Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management from July 2015 to January 2017, and as the Deputy Director for Management of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from October 2013 to July 2015. From 2001 to October 2013, Ms. Cobert served as a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, a global business strategy consulting firm. From 1990 to 2001, Ms. Cobert was a Partner at McKinsey & Company. She joined the firm in 1984 and served in various leadership roles.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Ms. Cobert has nearly 30 years of experience as a consultant in business strategy, where she worked with corporate, not-for-profit and government entities on key strategic, operational and organizational issues across a range of sectors, including financial services, health care, legal services, real estate, and telecommunications. Our Board also benefits from Ms. Cobert’s government service. Ms. Cobert previously served as a member of the board of directors and chair of the United Way of the Bay Area and as a member of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Ms. Cobert holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Curtis F. Feeny, Director

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Director Since December 2006

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Mr. Feeny has been a Managing Director of Silicon Valley Data Capital, a venture capital firm since July 2017. He previously served as a Managing Director of Voyager Capital, a venture capital firm from January 2000 to December 2017. From 1992 through 1999, Mr. Feeny served as Executive Vice President of Stanford Management Co., which manages the Stanford University endowment.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Mr. Feeny brings broad knowledge of the commercial real estate industry and our business from his service as an employee and later director of Trammell Crow Company as well as from his many years of service as Chair of our Audit and Finance Committee. He also has broad experience counseling companies through growth and experience in corporate finance matters. He previously served on the board of directors of Staples, Inc., and Trammell Crow Company, which we acquired in 2006. Mr. Feeny holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Reginald H. Gilyard, Director

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Director Since November 2018

Mr. Gilyard has served as a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, Inc. (BCG), a global management consulting firm, since August 2017. Prior to this role, Mr. Gilyard served as the Dean of The Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University from August 2012 to July 2017. Prior to joining Chapman University, Mr. Gilyard served as Partner and Managing Director at BCG, where he led strategy, M&A and business transformation initiatives for large corporations, from 1996 to 2012. Prior to BCG, he served nine years in the U.S. Air Force and three years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, rising to Major in the Reserves.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Mr. Gilyard brings to our Board more than twenty years of experience developing and implementing successful strategies for Fortune 500 companies, education institutions and large national foundations. Mr. Gilyard currently serves on the boards of directors of First American Financial Corporation and Realty Income Corporation. He also serves as the Board Chair of Pacific Charter School Development, a real estate development company serving low income families in urban centers across the country. Mr. Gilyard holds a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S. from the United States Air Force Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Shira D. Goodman, Director

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Director Since May 2019

Ms. Goodman has served as an Advisory Director to Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm, since January 2019. She previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc. from September 2016 to January 2018. Ms. Goodman served in roles with increasing responsibility since joining Staples in 1992, including President and Interim Chief Executive Officer from June 2016 to September 2016, President, North American Operations from January 2016 to June 2016, and President, North American Commercial from February 2014 to June 2016. Prior to that, she served as Executive Vice President of Global Growth from February 2012 to February 2014, Executive Vice President of Human Resources from March 2009 to February 2012, Executive Vice President of Marketing from May 2001 to March 2009, and in various other management positions. Prior to Staples, Ms. Goodman worked in project design, client relationships and case team management at Bain & Company from 1986 to 1992.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Ms. Goodman has more than 25 years of experience in business operations, marketing, sales force management, human resources, business growth and distribution logistics. She is a member of the board of directors of CarMax, Inc. and Henry Schein, Inc. and previously served on the board of directors of Staples, Inc. and The Stride Rite Corporation. She holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.S. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Harvard University.

Christopher T. Jenny, Director

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Director Since January 2016

Financial Expert

Mr. Jenny served as a Senior Advisor to EY-Parthenon from January 2016 to December 2018 and as a Senior Managing Director from August 2014 through December 2015. He previously served as President and Senior Partner with The Parthenon Group LLC, a Boston-based private management consulting and management firm, from 1995 to 2014 prior to its merger with Ernst & Young in August 2014. Prior to joining The Parthenon Group LLC in 1995, Mr. Jenny was a Partner at Bain & Company, Inc., a global business strategy consulting firm.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Mr. Jenny brings to our Board more than twenty years of experience as a consultant in business strategy, and has worked on issues related to business-unit strategy, profit improvement and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he has experience as a senior operating executive and has managed portfolio companies for two of the nation’s leading private-equity firms. He is a member of the board of directors of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Mobile Virtual Player and PLT4M. He previously served on the board of directors of Mac-Gray Corporation. Mr. Jenny holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Gerardo I. Lopez, Director

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Director Since October 2015

Mr. Lopez has been an Operating Partner with Softbank since December 2018. He previously served as an Operating Partner at High Bluff Capital from June 2018 to December 2018. He was a Senior Advisor to Extended Stay America, Inc. and its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc. from January 2018 to March 2018 and was its President and Chief Executive Officer from August 2015 to December 2017. Mr. Lopez previously served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and on the Board of Directors of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, AMC Entertainment Inc. from March 2009 through August 2015. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Starbucks Coffee Company and President of its Global Consumer Products, Seattle's Best Coffee and Foodservice divisions from September 2004 to March 2009, and President of the Handleman Entertainment Resources division of Handleman Company from November 2001 to September 2004. Mr. Lopez has also held a variety of executive management positions with International Home Foods, Frito Lay, Pepsi-Cola and the Procter & Gamble Company.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Mr. Lopez brings his skills, knowledge and business leadership as a senior executive at hospitality, entertainment and consumer products companies. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing, sales and operations and management in public and private companies. He has public-company experience across diverse consumer-focused industries. Mr. Lopez currently serves on the boards of directors of Newell Brands and Realty Income Corporation, and previously served on the boards of directors of Brinker International, Inc., Extended Stay America, Inc., AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, National Cinemedia, LLC, Open Road Films, Safeco Insurance, TXU, Inc. and Recreational Equipment, Inc. Mr. Lopez holds a bachelor degree in marketing from George Washington University and an M.B.A. in finance from Harvard Business School.

Laura D. Tyson, Director

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Director Since March 2010

Financial Expert

Dr. Tyson has been a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley since July 2016. She was a Professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley from January 2007 to July 2016 and has also been the Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Haas School since July 2013. Dr. Tyson was previously Dean of the London Business School from January 2002 to December 2006 and Dean of the Haas School of Business from July 1998 to December 2001, and was Professor of Business Administration and Economics there from January 1997 to June 1998. She was a member of President Clinton’s cabinet from 1993 through 1996. During that time, she served as the Chair of the National Economic Council and as the National Economic Adviser to the President of the United States from February 1995 to December 1996, and she was the first woman to Chair the White House Council of Economic Advisers, in which capacity she served from January 1993 to February 1995.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Dr. Tyson brings experience from serving on the boards of directors of complex global organizations, and is a noted economist who brings experience in government and broad knowledge of macroeconomics and international economic issues to our Board. Dr. Tyson served as a member of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board from 2009 through 2011 and as a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness from 2011 through 2012. She served as a member of the U.S. State Department Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2011 through 2013. Dr. Tyson serves on the boards of directors of AT&T Inc. and Silver Spring Networks, Inc. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley and of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Jacobs Foundation. She previously served on the boards of directors of Eastman Kodak Company and Morgan Stanley. Dr. Tyson holds a B.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ray Wirta, Director

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Director Since August 1997

Mr. Wirta was previously the Independent Chair of our Board from May 2014 to May 2018 and was previously the Vice Chair of our Board from November 2013 to May 2014. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of The Koll Company since November 2009. He previously served as President of the Irvine Company from June 2016 to March 2019 and President of the Investment Properties Group at the Irvine Company from June 2010 through June 2016. Mr. Wirta served as our Chief Executive Officer from September 2001 to June 2005, and Chief Executive Officer of our predecessor company, CBRE Services, Inc., from May 1999 to September 2001. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of that predecessor company from May 1998 to May 1999. Mr. Wirta served as a director and Non-Executive Chairman of Realty Finance Corporation, where he was the Chairman from May 2005 through August 2009. He also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer and President of that company from April 2007 to September 2007.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Mr. Wirta brings to the Board many years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, including a depth of knowledge about real estate investment management and development and operational experience in our business operations as our former chief executive officer. Mr. Wirta holds a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach and an M.B.A. in International Management from Golden Gate University.

Sanjiv Yajnik, Director

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Director Since November 2017

Mr. Yajnik was named President of Capital One Financial Services, a division of Capital One, in June 2009. Mr. Yajnik also is President and Director of Capital One National Association, one of Capital One’s two national bank subsidiaries, and serves on Capital One’s Executive Committee. In addition, Mr. Yajnik oversees Capital One’s community relations throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana as President of the company’s South Central Region. Since joining Capital One in 1998, he also has held a number of senior leadership positions in Europe, Canada and the United States. Prior to Capital One, he held leadership positions at PepsiCo and Circuit City and was a Chief Engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation’s shipping business. In November 2015, Mr. Yajnik was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to be Chairman of the Texas Economic Development Corporation. He is the Chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association, and leads the Board of Governors in overseeing the direction and governance for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Qualifications, Attributes, Skills and Experience:

Mr. Yajnik has spent the past two decades in financial services, with a wide range of experience in the U.S and international markets. He has a broad business background and has experience in leading the transformation of a large, service-oriented global organization through technology enablement. He received an MBA with honors from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University. He is a medalist Chartered Engineer (I), and graduated with distinction from the Marine Engineering Research Institute, India.