WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CoStar Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CSGP), today announced that Michael B. Cohen and Suzanne Mulvee have been promoted to senior positions within its Property and Portfolio Research (PPR) division. Formerly Senior Real Estate Strategists, Mr. Cohen has been named Director of Advisory Services, and Ms. Mulvee has been named Director of Research, Retail. Both Cohen and Mulvee joined PPR in 2003. As Director of Advisory Services, Mr. Cohen will manage relationships with PPR's advisory clients to deliver custom market analysis, relative value, strategic planning and custom research solutions. An experienced strategist and consultant, Mr. Cohen has played an instrumental role in enhancing PPR's sector expertise, and has been recognized as a thought leader for his research on the U.S. housing market. In her new role as Director of Research, Retail, Ms. Mulvee will continue to run advisory engagements, but will expand the scope of her responsibilities into analytic product development for the retail sector, including micro market, retail sub-type and demographic analysis. Customers for these services are expected to include traditional investors, retailers, REITs and lenders. A long-time retail expert, Ms. Mulvee regularly discusses economic trends in the retail sector as a conference speaker, author and media source. "PPR is deeply committed to developing the strongest possible leadership team to serve our clients," said Hans Nordby, Managing Director for PPR. "By promoting Michael and Suzanne, and through strategic hires to head our office, multifamily and industrial groups, we have effectively assembled a deep bench of seasoned PPR veterans and best-in-breed analysts to lead our research efforts, and we look forward to leveraging their talent to advance our clients' business interests." PPR's elite management team combines the institutional and subject-matter expertise of long-time PPR analysts, including Dr. Ruijue Peng, Cohen and Mulvee, with the unparalleled industry and research expertise of more recent hires that include Walter Page, Rene Circ and Dr. Luis Mejia.