Cushman & Wakefield Poaches Senior Savills Tenant Reps
Cushman & Wakefield has added veteran occupier services specialists Matt Hart as Vice Chairman and Alex Phillips as Executive Managing Director of its San Francisco office.
Hart and Phillips were previously with Savills, where Hart was consistently recognized as a ‘Top Producer’ in the Bay Area and nationally for many years, while Phillips served as the San Francisco Market Lead for Savills’ Tech Practice Group.
During his career, Hart has received Deal of the Year honors from the San Francisco Business Times, and represented projects in the Bay Area on behalf of notable organizatoins including the University of California, Thumbtack, Baker McKenzie, Berkshire Hathaway, JMP Group and Ubisoft.
He has practiced Tenant Representation since he was an intern at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1996, and is acknowledged for his expertise in navigating tenant representation services across EMEA, APAC and LATAM.
Prior to Savills, Hart was a Vice President of The Staubach Company.
Phillips has exclusively represented tenants throughout his 17-year real estate career. He specializes in the representation of high-growth technology companies, nonprofit organizations and professional services firms with headquarters or significant presences in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has negotiated notable transactions on behalf of clients such as Wish, Opendoor, OpenTable, Zoom, Walmart eCommerce, San Francisco Foundation, and Tubi. In addition to his local market successes, Phillips has also completed transactions throughout the United States and on a global basis.
Both appointees are additionally engaged in community support initiatives, with Hart actively involved with coaching CYO youth volleyball, and his local public school foundation, and Phillips serving as a member of Symphonix, the young professionals’ organization of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as San Francisco-based philanthropic network, Spark, and supporting The Global Fund for Women and Nothing But Nets, a global grassroots nonprofit campaigning to raise awareness and funding to fight malaria.
Matt Chatham, Cushman & Wakefield’s Managing Principal for Northern California and who is based in San Francisco, comments: “I have known Matt and Alex for many years. Both have operated highly productive practices and I am thrilled that they are joining our Cushman & Wakefield team in the Bay Area. Their reputations are stellar, which is represented by their large market share and long track record with household named clients.
“Alex is well known for his notable client base among some of the city’s most prominent tech companies while Matt has been consistently regarded by our industry peers as one of the best tenant rep brokers in all of San Francisco.
“Cushman & Wakefield continues to make it a top priority to attract the very best talent to grow our business that are also additive to our cultural values as a firm. The addition of Matt and Alex couldn’t be a better example of that objective and core principal to our growth.”
Hart says: “The tenant representation business has changed dramatically since I started in 25 years ago, with tenants and brokers relying on data, technology and connectivity more than ever to execute at high levels.
“I have always admired the team at Cushman & Wakefield, and was amazed by the firms’ support tools, and feel empowered to bring the depth of its resources to my clients.”
Phillips adds: “It became clear early in my discussions with Cushman & Wakefield what a huge investment the firm has made, and continues to make, in all of the services, research and tools that enable brokers to support their tenant clients’ needs in every conceivable way.
“I am incredibly excited to be able to leverage Cushman & Wakefield’s platform to my clients’ benefit.”