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Cohesion Welcomes Megan Limanni as Talent Acquisition Manager

Cohesion Welcomes Megan Limanni as Talent Acquisition Manager, Cohesion

Real estate technology company Cohesion has welcomed Megan Limanni to its team as Talent Acquisition Manager. A born and bred Chicagoan, Megan’s role is to manage the company’s domestic and international acquisition initiatives, including recruiting, interviewing and onboarding.

Before her career in recruitment, Megan was a passionate singer and musician who aspired to perform on Broadway. She has been in productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Oliver, and Rent. She has been a vegetarian since she was three, and recently booked her first overseas trip, to Belize at the end of 2022.

Megan is already familiar with Cohesion, having helped with the company’s talent acquisition externally in her last role as a Recruiting Manager at Robert Half. She has a BA in Communications from Loyola University, but found her niche in HR by accident when a regular patron at a bar she was managing encouraged her to apply for a role at Robert Half. Megan quickly fell in love with the people aspect of HR and the ability to form relationships with a diverse range of people.

“Cohesion is just such a disruptor in the industry,” she said. “Real estate can be a little bit slow to adopt new technology, and one thing that really drew me to Cohesion is that we are the first platform of our kind. So it’s really paving the way for an entirely new field. Another huge thing was the diversity in our employees. For me, pivoting into this dynamic environment is something that’s very exciting.”

When she’s not working, Megan is often found exploring Chicago neighborhoods, discovering local breweries and musicians. She plays the ukulele and the guitar, and has a cat named Toga that she rescued from the woods while on a camping trip.

More announcements from Cohesion

Funding announcement

Cohesion Raises $15 Million Series A

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cohesion, a leader in smart building and digital twin SaaS technology, raised $15 million in its Series A financing round co-led by Morgan Stanley Next Level Fund and Hyde Park Angels (HPA), which closed Friday. The company added several marquee names to an already noteworthy list of investors following a $5 million seed round last summer. New investors, Three Bridges Private Capital and Wintrust Ventures, join seed round investors Singapore-based Frasers Property Group, ESD, Ken Griffin, Citadel Founder and CEO, Michael Sacks of GCM Grosvenor, and Raj Gupta of ESD. “We were pleased to co-lead Cohesion’s Series A with Next Level Fund’s inaugural investment,” said Alice Vilma, Co-Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Next Level Fund. “With the support of our corporate partners, Microsoft, Hearst and Walmart, we aim to accelerate Cohesion’s API-first technology platform to disrupt commercial real estate operations.” The company will use the funds for product and market expansion including its digital twin technology for optimizing building environment and health. Cohesion continues to create one of the world’s largest repositories of commercial real estate data, which it uses to establish industry operations benchmarks. Bringing this data to life through artificial intelligence and predictive modeling, the company will lead the industry transformation to autonomous buildings. It will also continue to focus on strategic channel growth, partnering with firms such as Morgan Stanley, Transwestern, The John Buck Company, and Riverside Investment & Development. “Bringing the power and promise of autonomous technology to commercial real estate is more critical today than ever before,” said Thru Shivakumar, Co-Founder and CEO at Cohesion. “As a leader in this emerging space, we have the technological capability to connect disparate systems and use big data to make buildings more transparent, healthier, engaging and sustainable. Investing in technology that ensures commercial real estate is a positive contributor to our world is central to our company ethos.” With tens of millions of square feet of commercial office space under its management, Cohesion is continuing to transform commercial real estate with smart technologies that improve the tenant experience, streamline operations and optimize revenue. Its patented platform combines the three main factors that impact building operations – the human aspect, building systems and environmental elements – into a single, multi-function management and data platform that simulates building operations to predict outcomes for the rapidly evolving industry. “We believe there is a need for the solutions Cohesion is creating,” said Cohesion Board Member Steve Koch, HPA member and former Global Chair of M&A at Credit Suisse. “By connecting the things that matter – whether it is improving health through effective air quality management, supporting ESG and sustainability programs, or delivering insights – Cohesion is poised for success through its next generation technology.” About Cohesion Founded in 2018 and currently 100 employees worldwide, Cohesion helps commercial buildings better integrate disparate systems into a smart building SaaS platform. It empowers real estate owners to maximize asset and portfolio value with all building systems, workflows and people seamlessly connected in one solution. The vertically integrated platform improves health and wellness, experience, efficiency, and sustainability. Cohesion provides the industry’s most comprehensive data, enabling operators to enhance tenant experience, save money and increase operational transparency. Cohesion is a spin-off venture of ESD, a leading Chicago-based global engineering design firm at the forefront of next generation building design. For more information, visit and follow @CohesionIB. About Morgan Stanley Next Level Fund The Morgan Stanley Next Level Fund, L.P. invests in primarily early-stage technology and technology-enabled companies with women or diverse members as part of the founding team from target sectors including technology, consumer/retail, financial technology, healthcare and media & entertainment. Investors in the strategy include the key inaugural corporate partners: Hearst, Microsoft and Walmart. This strategy will build upon the expertise of the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab, Morgan Stanley’s in-house start-up accelerator, and HearstLab, which provides cash investment and services to early-stage, women-led startups. For further information, please visit About Hyde Park Angels HPA is a leading early-stage investor. Our People First model leverages world-class operating expertise, a powerful business network, and venture capital to fuel startup success. As a result, our founders transform their businesses into industry leaders, our investors generate best-in-class returns, and our community experiences job creation and economic growth.

Team announcement

Ben Brown Joins Cohesion as Program Director

Ben Brown Joins Cohesion as Program Director

Real estate SaaS company Cohesion has added former US Marine Ben Brown to its team as a Program Director. Ben is a highly skilled and well-regarded team leader with vast experience overseeing pieces of work in a range of industries. Ben comes to Cohesion from, where he was a Solution Delivery Director, working with a team of engineers to deliver logistics software. He was one of the company’s top change agents, leading a team of coaches, partnering with product management, and overseeing a program that automated the deployment of microservice architecture. It was a former Truckstop colleague who actually encouraged Ben to come over to Cohesion. “As I looked around, the thing that attracted my attention that made me keep looking was the IoT aspect,” he says. “I've been working in either IT or software for the past 10 years, but it doesn't actually exist physically, it's just something out there on the web or in a database. Whereas dealing with IoT, we’re talking about things that exist physically, and that interested me. The proposition of the company of sucking in building data and then using that for insights was very attractive to me.” Before Truckstop, Ben was a Project Manager and Program Manager at intelligence innovators Micron Technology for six and a half years. He led teams in both North America and Asia and developed operational strategies that supported the company’s overall vision, including budget and contracting, resource management, cross-team coordination, and communication and reporting. Ben has a Master of Science degree in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served in the Marine Corps from 1993 - 2013 as a team leader, Logistics Manager and also managed its simulation program for three years. He says working in his unit right after 9/11 was really similar to being in a startup. “I was called down to Central Command, where they were standing up the headquarters that would fight the war, and that was like a startup on steroids,” he says. “We had people pouring in and didn't know who did what, and trying to get people organized fast, and things changed every day. It was total chaos, but I enjoyed that type of environment.” In his spare time, Ben likes to get outdoors. He’s into hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and being in the mountains that surround him in Boise, ID. His love for the outdoors comes from his upbringing in northeastern Tennessee, albeit in a different environment. He also likes to travel and has always wanted to live in the South Pacific; around Australia or New Zealand.

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