NEW YORK CITY—Equity Office has hiredZachary Freeman as VP of leasing. Formerly withthe strategic agency group at CBRE, Freeman brings16 years of experience in the industry to the job.

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At Equity, he will be responsible for leasing the company's3.6-million-square-foot portfolio citywide and will assiston future acquisitions. Freeman has represented Equity Officesince 2007.

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He played a key role in the repositioning and full lease-up of1.3 million square feet at Three Bryant Park, lease-up at 717 FifthAve. (including Bank of America for 125,000 square feet and HarryWinston for 25,000 square feet) and the lease-up and sale of 1411Broadway.

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At 1095 Ave. of the Americas, also known as Three Bryant Park,he represented the landlord in MetLife's 415,000-square-footheadquarters lease. Other deals he negotiated at the buildinginclude Dechert LLP (235,000 square feet), Standard Chartered Bankand Instinet (100,000 square feet each), and Bank of Scotland(75,000 square feet).

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“We're excited to have Zach oversee our New York Cityportfolio,” says Mark Smith, regional market manager for the EastCoast. “Zach's market experience and existing knowledge of ourassets, including 717 Fifth Ave. and 3 Bryant Park, make him anatural fit for the position. His excellent client service andattention to detail has led to strong leasing in all the Equitybuildings he's represented.”

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Equity Office's Manhattan holdings also include Class Aproperties such as 1140 Ave. of the Americas, 120 W. 42nd St.,229 W. 43rd St., 5 Bryant Park, and Park AvenueTower.

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Since 2000, Freeman has primarily focused on representinginstitutional and entrepreneurial property owners. In 2014, he wasinvolved in Credit Suisse's one-million-square-foot lease at 11Madison Ave., which was Manhattan's largest leasingtransaction.

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.