FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was named president of risk management services for Cushman & Wakefield, the real estate firm announced Thursday.
Cushman & Wakefield, which has offices in Stamford, is the world’s largest privately held commercial real estate services firm. Kelly will join Cushman & Wakefield effective March 24.
Kelly, the longest-serving commissioner in NYPD history, oversaw a steep reduction in crime during his tenure as police commissioner, including a 40 percent decrease in violent crimes over the past 12 years.
These record low crime numbers were accomplished while also establishing and building Counterterrorism and Intelligence Bureaus that were instrumental in keeping the city safe from the ongoing threat of terrorism after the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Cushman & Wakefield’s newly formed risk management services group will offer clients tailored solutions to manage and mitigate risks around the world. As president, Kelly will focus on helping clients identify potential vulnerabilities and prepare for and manage risk across a number of critical areas.
“I am honored to join such a world-class organization and have the opportunity to lead this groundbreaking new division for Cushman & Wakefield as we work to protect the safety and stability of the Firm’s global clients and their assets,'' Kelly said.
He takes on his new role after 50 years of public service. Among the hallmarks of his career was returning as New York Police Department commissioner in 2002 and building a robust police department to meet the terror threat the city has continued to face in recent years.
Kelly established the first Counterterrorism Bureau of any municipal police department in the country and built the Department’s Intelligence Bureau, creating a global intelligence program with detectives stationed in cities abroad.
He holds a BBA from Manhattan College, a JD from St. John’s University School of Law, an LLM from New York University Graduate School of Law and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.