Mia Mends

by Justin Cates
Mia Mends
Chief Executive Officer, C&W Services
Cushman & Wakefield

Mia Mends is Chief Executive Officer of C&W Services for Cushman & Wakefield.

In this role, Mia oversees integrated facilities services in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. She leads approximately 13,000 team members serving clients across various industries, setting the company’s strategic course for profitable growth and innovation.

Hired in June 2022, Mia became the first black woman to run a major facilities management corporation: C&W Services is a subsidiary of Cushman & Wakefield, the global commercial real estate firm generating over $10 billion in annual revenue, with 50,000 employees in 60 countries. She is a member of its Global Management Team.

Before C&W Services, Mia spent a decade in senior leadership roles at Sodexo. She started in Brazil, overseeing sales in eight Latin American countries.

An H&R Block corporate director, Mia also serves on the board of EMERGE, a non-profit that helps disadvantaged students enter top colleges. She founded a nonprofit, Seven Sisters to Sisters.

Mia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wellesley College, where she sits on its Business Leadership Council.

Mia speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Fante.

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