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Chris Hood Joins the CB Richard Ellis Workplace Team

Veteran Hewlett-Packard Workplace Strategy Executive Enhances CBRE’s Consulting Capabilities

Los Angeles, CA – May 2, 2011 CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE) announced today that Chris Hood, a veteran workplace strategy executive with nearly three decades of experience at Hewlett-Packard, has joined the Company as Managing Director of Workplace Innovation for CBRE’s Global Workplace Strategy Practice. Mr. Hood joins the global leadership team of Ben Munn and Lenny Beaudoin with a specific emphasis on the development and implementation of compelling and insightful workplace solutions for CBRE clients across the globe.

“Corporations everywhere are rethinking the role of the workplace to enable an increasingly mobile workforce, achieve flexibility and enhance productivity. Chris has been at the forefront of developing and delivering innovative workplace solutions throughout his accomplished career, and brings both the grounded perspective of the corporate occupier and the keen intuition of a true pioneer and innovator in the field,” said Karen Ellzey, Executive Managing Director of CBRE’s Global Corporate Services. “Adding a leader of Chris’ caliber further enhances the successful and rapidly growing workplace offering that we already deliver to our clients worldwide.” 

In Mr. Hood’s previous role at Hewlett-Packard, he spearheaded the design of that company’s “Global Workplace Initiative,” a program designed to integrate and deliver space, technology, collaboration, and services solutions into a single efficient and effective package which best supports the way people work. Mr. Hood has been highly active in studying the impact of reengineering initiatives and developing workplace solutions that complement changes in the business environment. He has directed hundreds of projects conceived to develop a better fit between the evolving patterns of work and the environments which best support them. 

Mr. Hood had been with Hewlett-Packard (previously Compaq, and prior to that, Digital Equipment), for nearly 30 years, and has deep international experience, having been involved in projects in more than 20 different countries. Prior to joining Digital, Mr. Hood worked for Business Design Group in Chicago; Higgins and Root in Los Gatos, California; and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in San Francisco. He trained as an Architect at the Oxford School of Architecture where he won the final year design prize for an International Yachting Center for the United Kingdom in association with Mike Lilly, and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious H Bruce Russell Global Innovation Award for his work with Herman Miller on measuring workplace utilization. 

CBRE’s Global Workplace Strategy Practice implements workplace solutions that create value.  The team specializes in assisting corporations and institutions seeking to rethink and realign their traditional approach to the workplace in order to improve employee engagement, drive organizational change, and improve their balance sheet. The group’s primary service offerings include Workplace Assessment and Strategy Development, Program Management, and Change Management and Training for Workplace Initiatives. For more information about CBRE’s Global Workplace Strategy Practice, please click here. 

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CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2010 revenue). The Company has approximately 31,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CB Richard Ellis offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our Web site at www.cbre.com.

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