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JLL appoints new CEO to lead growth in MEA region

Global real estate services firm, JLL, has appointed James Allan as CEO, Middle East and Africa (MEA), to drive its ambitious growth agenda in the region.

Allan, who has been working at JLL for 15 years, taking on increasing levels of responsibility, brings 20 years of real estate experience in key competitive markets such as the UK, China and Indonesia to the MEA business.

In his new role, Allan will work closely with the Europe, Middle East and Africa leadership to ensure sustained growth across JLL’s business lines, enhancing its service offering in MEA while continuing to deliver the highest quality advice to clients.

He takes over the role from Thierry Delvaux, who stepped down as CEO of JLL Middle East, Africa & Turkey after nearly five years.

Speaking about his new appointment, Allan said: “It is a great privilege to build on the existing strong business we have in one of the most dynamic global markets and steer it to a new chapter of strategic growth. Over the years, JLL’s Middle East and Africa business has gone from strength to strength. I look forward to bringing my global experience to deliver long-term value to our clients.”

Sue Asprey Price, CEO, EMEA Work Dynamics, JLL, said: “Real estate sits at the heart of business with buildings becoming a critical enabler of growth. James brings global experience that will be instrumental in helping clients in an exciting, high growth market by providing innovative spaces that push the boundaries.”

Prior to his MEA role, Allan led JLL’s business in Indonesia for five years. His industry background extends across many aspects of real estate including Leasing, Project & Development Services, Facilities Management and Capital Markets.

Stephanie Hyde, CEO, EMEA Markets Advisory, JLL, said: “James’s track record in high growth markets such as Indonesia will be valuable in bringing new perspectives to consolidate and strengthen our presence in the MEA region. The demand for top quality advice for real estate owners and occupiers is only going to accelerate, so we are excited about the opportunities ahead.”

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