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JLL appoints UK Real Estate and Workplace director

JLL has appointed Andrew O’Donnell as its new UK Real Estate and Workplace Director.

In his new role, O’Donnell will work closely with JLL’s operations, smart buildings, workplace strategy and Tetris teams to deliver improvements across its UK workplaces and building facilities.

O’Donnell joins the global property consultancy from EY, where, as EMEIA Real Estate leader, he delivered solutions to 90,000 people across 9 million sq ft of office space. He led the EMEIA ‘EY@Work’ workplace programme, creating activity-based workplaces across EY’s locations and building EY’s approach to flex spaces, including at EY’s new 280,000 sq ft London office.

Speaking about the appointment, Richard Howling, UK COO said: “Andrew’s passion for innovation in real estate and his 16 years of experience managing large-scale change programmes was why we recruited him as we continue to progress our own workplace strategy.

“We know that having the right working environment strongly contributes to employee happiness and therefore to the success of a company. By hiring a recognised leader, with proven experience of driving an accomplished workplace programme, we will not only support our own workspace transformation, we will trial and showcase ideas and new technology, to keep us at the forefront of developing brilliant workplaces and can best advise our clients to achieve the same benefits.”

O’Donnell said of his new role: “Having the right workplace strategy has never been more important to ensure organisations attract and retain the best talent, improve employee health and productivity and respond to an ever changing political and economic landscape.

“I am excited to be joining a company that is putting the latest ideas in to action and is able to leverage its own workplaces both to proactively support its people but also to use that experience to advise its clients.

“Continuing to progress JLL’s own journey in agility, sustainability, IoT and the quality of the human experience are all areas I am looking forward to focusing on. Developing our UK workspace strategy to ensure JLL and its clients can continue to capitalise on the changing world of work has never been more important.”

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