The Real Deal New York

Movers and shakers

March 01, 2014

Carolyn Sebba and Greg O'Brien

Carolyn Sebba and Greg O’Brien

Carolyn Sebba joined Douglas Elliman Development Marketing as vice president of sales and marketing. A veteran of Manhattan’s real estate market since 1989, she has closed transactions totaling over $1 billion. She was previously a director of sales at the Marketing Directors.

Greg O’Brien was named chief executive officer of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Americas markets. O’Brien previously served as JLL’s CEO of markets solutions, leading businesses responsible for more than 60 percent of the Americas revenue. Before that, he served as CEO of brokerage. John Gates succeeded O’Brien as the CEO of markets, and will oversee the firm’s brokerage, capital markets, project and development services, property management, and retail businesses.

John Curtis was appointed principal of CetraRuddy. He was previously vice president at Arquitectonica’s New York office, and held senior positions at Singapore-based firms Timothy Seow Group Architects and DP Architects Pte.

Mary Anne Fusco joined Town Residential as an associate broker. With 16 years in the business, she has more than 1,000 transactions to her credit totaling over $400 million in sales. She previously worked at Douglas Elliman, and prior to that, at Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy.

Dennis Duden is now general manager for Empire State Properties, a new position at the company. He previously served as the Northern California general manager for Marriott’s corporate housing brand.

Kenji Ota was hired as executive director of Cushman & Wakefield’s retail team. He was previously a managing director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.

Toku Saito joined the Treeline Companies as its budget and compliance manager. He previously served as a quantity estimator at Petracca & Sons. … Michael Duff was hired as a manager of residential marketing for Rose Associates after consulting for the company for eight months. … Jason Marin was hired as an associate director of Eastern Consolidated. He previously worked at Studley Inc. in Philadelphia. … Lou Grassi was elected board chair of Moore Stephens North America.

Jason Meister, a vice president of investment sales at Avison Young who represented Joe Sitt and Ruby Schron in their unsuccessful bids for the Empire State Building, and his wife, Brooke, are expecting their first child, a daughter, in May.