News release

JLL appoints James Allan as new CEO to lead growth in Middle East and Africa

Appointment comes at a time of high developer and investor confidence in one of the most important growth regions for JLL

September 04, 2023

Medha Sandrasagara

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JLL, a leading professional services firm specialised in real estate, investment management, and development consultancy services, has appointed James Allan as CEO, Middle East and Africa (MEA), to drive its ambitious growth agenda in the region.

Allan takes over the role from Thierry Delvaux, who stepped down as CEO of JLL Middle East, Africa & Turkey after nearly five years. To the MEA business, Allan brings 20 years of real estate experience in key competitive markets such as the UK, China and Indonesia. He has been with JLL for 15 years, taking on increasing levels of responsibility.

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

James Allan, CEO, Middle East and Africa, JLL, 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.”

Stephanie Hyde, CEO, EMEA Markets Advisory, JLL, said: “James’ 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.”

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.

He has an MSc in Real Estate from Reading University in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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