Westley: “Few providers can service
global corporate clients. We’re
positioned to take advantage of that.”

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LOS ANGELES-GlobeSt.com has learned exclusively that DTZ, a UGL Co., has appointed Nicholas Westley president, global corporate services, effective immediately. Westley will oversee the global corporate services activities for the Los Angeles-based firm on a worldwide basis.

With 25 years of commercial real estate experience in development, transaction management, strategic planning, business development, project management and account operations, Westley has dealt extensively with corporate clients. He was formerly with Johnson Controls, where he most recently led the firm’s global real estate and project-management services. Prior to JCI’s acquisition of United Systems Integrators in 2005, he was USI’s chief strategy officer, responsible for the firm’s merger-and-acquisition, service-offering diversification and geographic-expansion initiatives.

“We can provide solutions to a corporation on a global level,” Robert Shibuya, group president of DTZ, tells GlobeSt.com. “That’s why Nick’s coming on board—to lead that business. He has an extraordinary track record in that type of role for some major service companies. We’re thrilled to have him lead that for us.”

Westley tells GlobeSt.com that he has been working in the corporate-services arena for about 17 years, and this continues to be an area with huge global attention. “Corporations are looking to service providers to bring them a solution to optimize their portfolios,” he says. “There’s a tremendous market there, and there are few service providers that have the true global ability to service corporate clients. We’re uniquely positioned to take advantage of that.”

Shibuya adds that the DTZ legacy with global corporate services is particularly strong in Asia and Europe, and London-based UGL—the company which acquired DTZ in December 2011—had its core strength in the Americas. “That’s where you create that global capability and the ability to offer a full-service solution, so the opportunity is quite frankly everywhere. We’re one of the three or four companies that could respond to that bid. It’s a unique position to be in.”

As GlobeSt.com previously reported, in September UGL was rebranded DTZ, a UGL Company, headquartered here under the guidance of Shibuya, the nearly 30-year industry veteran who headed DTZ America prior to the acquisition.