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Calvin Frese, Jr.

Global Group President, Geographies

Professional Experience

As Global Group President, Geographies, Cal Frese has direct oversight of the Americas, EMEA and APAC operations. Collectively, these businesses generated more than $12 billion of revenue in 2016 and employ more than 75,000 people. Mr. Frese serves as a member of the company’s Global Operating Committee.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Frese served as Chief Executive Officer, the Americas, with responsibility for all the firm’s business lines within the region. Earlier, he had operating responsibility for several of the company’s global business lines, including Global Corporate Services (now known as Global Workplace Solutions), Asset Services and Valuation. Mr. Frese previously served as President, Americas; Chief Operating Officer, Americas; and Executive Managing Director of the Central Region. In his earlier Americas leadership roles, Cal was responsible for the integration of CBRE’s acquisitions of Insignia/ESG and Trammell Crow Company.

From 1989 to 1998, he was General Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Whittier Partners, a New England-based-full-service real estate company and joint venture partner of CBRE. Mr. Frese also gained considerable financial management and real estate experience in the 1980s as Senior Vice President of Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, a real estate development company, and as certified public accountant for Arthur Andersen & Company.


 Professional Accreditations
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • Trinity College, BA Economics
  • New York University Graduate School of Business Administration, MS Accounting