Mary Ann Tighe Most Powerful Woman in Real Estate

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The Wall Street Journal has written, “(There is) an exceedingly small club of women who have managed to move to the top of the brokerage business. That club’s most prominent member is Mary Ann Tighe.” Crain’s New York Business has named Mary Ann the most powerful woman—across both the public and private sectors—in New York. Placing her at the top of its ranking of the City’s most powerful women, Crain’s observed, “Ms. Tighe has a history of…transforming the face of Manhattan.”

Mary Ann Tighe, CEO of CBRE’s New York Tri-State Region, was the brokerage house’s top producer worldwide in 2016, spearheading a team that close 4.7M SF in lease transactions worth a combined $3.1B, the fourth time she was CBRE’s top producer, after taking home the crown in 2008, 2011 and 2014.

Tighe negotiated the biggest lease in New York City last year, McGraw Financials’ 900K SF renewal at 55 Water St., and the most expensive lease in New York history, The Citadel’s lease with L&L Holding Co. at 425 Park Ave., additionally, she represented Coach in its $707M headquarters sale-leaseback at 10 Hudson Yards.

There are no signs of Tighe slowing down either as she led her team in the representation of Silverstein Properties in securing Spotify to move into a huge space in 4 World Trade Center, completing the lease-up of the downtown skyscraper.

Commercial real estate might still be a man’s world, but at the world’s biggest real estate services firm, brokerage is Mary Ann’s world, and the men are just living in it.