Jackie Levy Promoted, Chris Brandon Hired at Caruso


Jackie Levy


Chris Brandon

Jackie Levy was named executive vice president of operations at Caruso Affiliated—the developer, owner and manager of retail centers such as The Grove and The Americana at Brand—it was announced Aug. 6

In his new job, Levy will expand his responsibility of managing all Caruso property operations, which include over 2 million square feet of residential and retail assets and more than $2 billion in asset value, according to a Caruso Affiliated statement.

Levy will be responsible for the residential and retail assets management formerly handled by Paul Kurzawa, who recently left Caruso to be the head of retail development and entertainment at DreamWorks Animation.

Levy formerly served as senior vice president of operations at Caruso Affiliated. He has been with the company since 2006, when he served as assistant general manager of The Grove. In 2009, he was promoted to vice president of operations when he launched Caruso University, a company-wide employee-training program to enhance the guest experience at Caruso assets.

Caruso hired another key executive recently. Chris Brandon joined the company as vice president of leasing. Brandon had previously worked as a leasing manager at shopping-center giant Westfield and as a director, leasing, for CIM Group, which owns the Hollywood & Highland retail center.

Caruso Affiliated founder Rick J. Caruso said that Brandon is a seasoned leasing strategist. “He will play a key role in leading our portfolio-wide leasing efforts as we seek to curate our properties to fit the needs of each community they serve.”

Along with The Grove and The Americana at Brand, Caruso Affiliated runs residential properties such as 8500 Burton in Los Angeles. Caruso is scheduled to manage, operate and lease The Linq, a retail, dining and entertainment district that is scheduled to open later this year on the Las Vegas Strip in a partnership with Caesars Entertainment Group.