James Groch is CBRE’s Chief Financial Officer and Global Director of Corporate Development with firm-wide responsibility for finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and the Company’s principal investments in real estate and funds. James Groch is CBRE’s Chief Financial Officer and Global Director of Corporate Development with firm-wide responsibility for finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and the Company’s principal investments in real estate and funds. CBRE is a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest commercial real estate services company.
Mr. Groch joined Trammell Crow Company in 1985, leasing office space in Houston, Texas and led the Central Region in signed leases in his first full year. In 1988, at the age of 26, he was promoted to Partner, becoming the Company’s youngest executive in that role. From 1991 through 1997, Mr. Groch served as a Managing Director of Trammell Crow Northeast, Inc. In 1997, Mr. Groch was named President of Development and Investment for the Eastern U.S. In 1998, he became Chief Investment Officer of Trammell Crow Company. During 2000 to 2005 he assumed the additional roles of President of Funds and Investment Management and Director of Corporate Finance for the public company. Following the sale to CBRE in December 2006, he became a member of its Global Executive Board. From January 2009 until March 2014, he served as Global Chief Investment Officer and EVP of Strategy and Corporate Finance.
Among other accomplishments, Mr. Groch has led the following: new ventures to fund several billion of risk mitigated development and acquisitions, acquisition of the largest shareholder position in FPD Savills in 2005 (LSE; SVS), the sale of Trammell Crow Company to CBRE in December 2006, extensive innovative balance sheet activities for CBRE during and following the global financial crisis of 2009, the acquisition in 2011 of ING Bank’s leading global Real Estate Investment Management business with approximately $60 billion of assets under management, and in 2013, the acquisition of Norland, a U.K. based technical engineering services business with over 700 million in revenue.
ExpertiseProfessional Affiliations / Accreditations
- CBRE, Global Executive Committee Board Member
- CBRE Clarion Securities, Board Member
- University of Virginia - Darden School of Business, Master of Business Administration
- Dickinson College, Bachelor of Arts; Economics