In a move it says will further strengthen its position as the premier tenant advisory firm in the tri-state region, Savills has named industry veteran Jim Wenk vice chairman. Wenk will also join the firm’s North American board of directors. Wenk, who previously served as a vice chairman at JLL, will be joined at Savills by Kirill Azovtsev, executive managing director, and Allison Buck, assistant director.
“As Savills continues to strengthen its presence in the region and invest in its platform, an important growth lever is to recruit the best and brightest the industry has to offer. Jim and Kirill perfectly represent the type of talent we are targeting. They are professionals who have consistently demonstrated the ability to produce significant revenue but also two individuals who embody our culture,” said Janet Woods, vice chairman and Northeast Region lead for Savills.
Wenk and Azovtsev have a track record of representing tenants with large square footage requirements, including executing over 700,000 square feet of transactions on behalf of Spotify in New York City. Other notable transactions include expanding Snapchat’s presence in New York City from 3,000 square feet to 150,000 square feet. Asovtsev, who joined JLL in 2010, has completed over 150 transactions totaling more than 3 million square feet.
Wenk, Azovtsev and Buck represent the latest professionals to join Savills. Recently, in New York City, the firm announced the hires of Jason Schwartzenberg, Michael Leff and Peter Hennessy. In March 2020, Savills also acquired Macro Consultants, a leading project management firm.