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Cushman & Wakefield named a new managing director of its New England offices to replace John Barros, the former Boston mayoral candidate and economic development official who led the region for less than two years.

Rob Skinner, a 22-year Cushman & Wakefield employee, previously headed the firm’s U.S. valuation and advisory group, takes over as Barros’ replacement in the Boston office on July 5, the firm said. 

The Boston Business Journal first reported Barros’ departure. He was named to the post in late 2021, two months after being eliminated in the preliminary mayoral election. A former executive director of the nonprofit Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Barros was named economic development chief by former Mayor Marty Walsh in 2014.

In his role leading the valuation and advisory group, Skinner oversaw a 550-employee team and analyzed over $55 billion worth of transactions in the housing and commercial sectors, Cushman & Wakefield said.

“Boston continues to be an impactful and dynamic market, and Rob’s expertise, market knowledge and commitment to excellence make him well-suited to lead our team,” Regional President Barrie Scardina said in a statement.

A graduate of University of Connecticut with an MBA from Boston University, Skinner started his career at Cushman & Wakefield as an appraiser before being named lead of the Boston advisory and evaluation group in 2014.

“We have an amazing base of talent that we will be aggressively growing in order to capture a larger share of the market and to better serve our incredible roster of clients,” Skinner said in a statement.

Cushman & Wakefield Names New Boston Leader

by Steve Adams time to read: 1 min