NEW YORK CITY-In a shuffling move locally based commercial real estate management firm GVA Williams promotes Robert Freedman to president and chief executive officer taking the reigns from Michael Cohen. Cohen will maintain the position of president of Williams Real Estate Co., GVA’s parent company. In the tri-state area, GVA manages more than 200 commercial properties totaling approximately 19.1 million sf.

GVA Williams is also a founding partner of GVA Worldwide, an international strategic partnership that includes 3,600 real estate professionals in 100 markets. GVA Worldwide partners completed $12 billion in transactions and currently manage more than 100 million sf of office, industrial, retail and specialized property.

In a February 2004 profile dealing with the branding of GVA Worldwide in’s sister publication, “Forum,” Cohen noted the inherent risks associated with GVA’s strategic partnership approach, but said it was “ made deliberately.” In his view, GVA’s approach provides “a deep bench from which to serve your clients and a broad scope of services.”

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