JLL appoints Dan Kernaghan as CEO

JLL appoints

JLL says it has appointed Dan Kernaghan to lead the firm’s Australian and New Zealand business as Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Stephen Conry who retired in January.

Stephen was the global real estate services firm’s CEO for 13 years.

“Though sad to see Stephen Conry leave after an incredible 40-year career with JLL, we are grateful for his immense contribution during that time,” Anthony Couse, CEO JLL Asia Pacific says.

“He has helped nurture a highly talented group of leaders in Australia and New Zealand, and I’m confident Dan will help drive even greater growth and connectivity across the whole business,” he adds.

According to JLL, Dan is an accomplished property leader and has held a few senior leadership roles since joining the company 16 years ago.

He was appointed as Head of NSW Office Leasing in 2015 before being promoted to lead the NSW business operations as Managing Director in 2018.

JLL says Dan’s vision and entrepreneurial approach saw him lead record growth of its NSW operations.

“Dan is a homegrown JLL talent, and I’m delighted that he will be leading one of our most important markets globally,” Anthony says.

“He has extensive industry experience, representing high-profile international and domestic real estate owners, and working on some of the most significant leading transactions in Australia,” he adds.

Dan has been a member of JLL’s Australian Executive Committee for the past four years where he has worked with the national leadership team on JLL’s growth strategy, including the diversification of the firm’s services and sectors across Australia.

He has also worked on investments in its people and technology. He has a strong track record in client service and leasing, particularly in relation to several high-profile projects, including Barangaroo South, Grosvenor Place and Chifley Tower.

“Building on a platform of consecutive strong growth over a decade, I’m honoured to lead the Australia and New Zealand business into the next phase of expansion,” incoming CEO Dan Kernaghan says.

“Our strong and diverse client base will continue to be the focus for the firm, delivering the best-in-class services JLL is well known for in the market,” he adds.

“JLL’s diversified business platform, combining both transactional and annuity contract revenues puts us in a strong position to navigate economic and market conditions.

“This, combined with JLL’s incredible talent of people who provide property market expertise across diverse sectors of commercial property is what leads to our success as a firm.

“I look forward to leading and working with a great team that makes JLL the market leader it is and building on our proud history of more than 60 years in the Australian market.”

JLL says Dan started his career in property in London in 2001. He returned to Sydney in 2006 and joined JLL as an Office Leasing Executive. He is active at industry forums to promote the property industry and has served on the Property Council of Australia’s NSW Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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