Equity Office beefs up its management team

Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust has expanded its top management team with the promotion of five senior staff members.

Richard D. Kincaid has been promoted from executive vice president and CFO to executive vice president and COO. He will primarily focus on developing corporate strategy and operating plans. Kincaid will continue his role as CFO until a replacement is found.

David A. Helfand has been promoted from executive vice president of business development to executive vice president and chief investment officer. His responsibilities will broaden to include overall investment management and strategy for the company.

Christopher P. Mundy and Peter H. Adams, former senior vice presidents of strategic planning and operations, have been promoted to executive vice presidents of strategic planning and operations. Mundy will be responsible for Equity Office's portfolio in the eastern half of the country, and Adams will oversee the western region. Both executives will continue to oversee the company's portfolio management, national real estate services and marketing functions.

Michael A. Steele, former executive vice president and COO, has been named executive vice president of strategic customer solutions, where he will serve Equity Office's strategic customers, which are companies with multiple locations within the company's portfolio.

Tim D. Relyea has been appointed vice chairman and a member of the board of directors of New York-based Cushman & Wakefield. He also will serve as a co-branch manager of the company's Houston office and a co-area leader for Texas.
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Scott Wegmann has been appointed as an executive managing director, a co-branch manager of the Houston office and a co-area leader for Texas, sharing responsibilities with Relyea and Liz Trocchio, a branch manager in the Dallas office.

Peter Muhlbach has been named president and CEO of Portland, Ore.-based Encore Senior Living LLC.

Cathy Delcoco has been appointed a member of the board of directors of Los Angeles-based CB Richard Ellis. She currently serves as senior vice president of corporate services in the company's Tysons Corner, Va., office.

William J. Walsh, president of Silicon Valley, Calif.-based Cornish & Carey Commercial • ONCOR International, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors at Washington, D.C.-based ONCOR International.

Michael J. Hatt, managing director of Nelson Bakewell • ONCOR International, based in the United Kingdom, has been appointed vice chairman of the ONCOR board of directors.

William E. Sullivan has resigned as executive vice president of capital investments and technology, and as a director of Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle. Sullivan will continue his role as CEO of Austin, Texas-based SiteStuff Inc., in which he has served since June, and also plans to establish a consulting practice.

Herb Tyson has been promoted to staff vice president of state and local government relations for New York-based International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Prior to joining ICSC in 2000, he served in the Clinton administration as director of intergovernmental affairs in the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Davis Cable has been named senior vice president of the real estate and CMBS research group of Charlotte, N.C.-based First Union Securities. Cable will be responsible for the analysis of risks and opportunities in commercial real estate.

Linda Lindman has joined New York-based Insignia/ESG as senior vice president and general counsel for the New York metro region. She will be based at the company's headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.
In other Insignia/ESG news,

Russell Dixon has joined the firm as national director of its multi-housing properties group, which is part of the company's capital advisors group. Dixon formerly served as national managing director of the institutional services/multi-housing properties group for Los Angeles-based CB Richard Ellis.

Matthew Landau, a lender with New York-based Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the New York-based Real Estate Lenders Association (RELA). Founded in 1991, RELA is the largest lenders-only, commercial real estate trade organization in the United States.