Global Executive Board

Christian Ulbrich , President and Chief Executive Officer

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Christian has overall responsibility for the company’s strategic direction and continued growth. He also serves as the chair of JLL’s Global Executive Board.

Alongside senior leadership, Christian is steering a strategy that positions JLL among the world’s leading companies. The vision calls for embracing market-leading digital solutions to help drive success for clients, employees and shareholders.

Christian has been in leadership roles at JLL for over a decade. He joined the company in 2005 as managing director for Germany. In 2009, he became CEO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and a member of the GEB. Prior to that, Christian spent seven years as CEO of the Hamburg-based HIH group of companies, a partner with private bank MM Warburg Bank, following 10 years in senior roles with other German and international banks.

Christian is a passionate advocate for a sustainable, diverse and inclusive global future. He is a Vanguard board member of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative. He is also a member of the board of directors of Vonovia SE, Germany’s largest residential real estate company.

Christian earned a degree in business administration from the University of Hamburg, and attended the Stanford University GSB program. He lives near Frankfurt, Germany.

Stephanie Plaines , Global Chief Financial Officer

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Stephanie is responsible for maintaining the company’s financial strength.

As a member of the Global Executive Board, Stephanie shapes and delivers JLL’s strategic vision and transformation agenda.

Stephanie joined JLL in 2019, bringing extensive financial leadership expertise and experience working in complex, dynamic landscapes. Previously, she served in CFO roles at Starbucks, Walmart and Ahold Delhaize. She has also held various finance positions at PepsiCo and UBS.

A dual citizen of Switzerland and the U.S., Stephanie is fluent in English, German and French. She has lived and worked around the globe, holding senior responsibilities in China, France, Switzerland, the UK and the U.S.

Stephanie earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BSc in International Finance from the University of Florida. She also completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education program.

Outside JLL, Stephanie serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Retail Finance Leaders Roundtable, the Business Analytics MA Program at Cal Polytechnic University, and the Center for Coaching and Leadership at Babson College.

Richard Bloxam , Global Chief Executive Officer, Capital Markets

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Richard takes overall responsibility for how the firm helps investors and real estate owners develop and execute investment strategies ranging from the transaction of individual assets and portfolios to investment banking and corporate finance services.

His chief ambition is to help investors optimize their exposure to real estate through innovative investment models, world class investment advice and the creative application of technology.

Since joining JLL in 1994, Richard has worked across the capital markets business. Richard has specialized throughout his career on supporting international investors pursuing opportunities outside their domestic markets.

 Richard, currently based in London, has held leadership roles across Europe. After spending his first four years at JLL in the U.K, he packed his bags for stints in Poland, Hungary and Austria, where he focused on the retail sector. Richard is a German speaker, which he refined while teaching English in Austria and Germany during the early 1990s.

During the last decade Richard has focussed on broadening JLL’s capital markets business to offer bespoke financial advice in addition to the firm’s strengths in advising clients in the acquisition and sale of real estate assets. In 2008, Richard took up responsibility for capital markets across EMEA and joined the EMEA Management Board in 2014. He started his current role in January 2017.

Richard has studied at the University of Exeter, London South Bank University, and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. When not taking care of his four children, Richard enjoys a wide variety of sports.  He is also a musician with a passion for the piano and guitar, and from time to time can be heard playing in a band on keyboard and vocals.

Anthony Couse , Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific

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In three decades at the firm, Anthony has worked with investors, landlords and tenants in all areas of commercial real estate. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for the company’s overall operations in the Asia Pacific region.

Anthony has spent the last 25 years in Asia, helping lead JLL’s expansion in countries such as China, Japan, India and Korea, and acting on several landmark development projects. He spent a decade living in China, heading JLL’s business in Shanghai and Eastern China, as well as the China Capital Markets business. Prior to that, he was based in Hong Kong for 13 years, holding a variety of leadership positions across the business.

Anthony’s real estate expertise – which includes leasing, capital markets, and tenant representation – was honed during a career that started in London. After studying biology at London University, where he graduated with honors in 1987, he took a job in London’s buzzing business district with real estate company De Groot Collis. He joined JLL in 1989 and transferred to Hong Kong in 1993.

The post abroad was supposed to last just three years. But JLL’s growth in Asia, and a general fondness for working and living in the region, held him for longer. Anthony attributes a bit of his wandering spirit to his roots: He was born in Pakistan, where his British father had been working for a global accountancy firm.

Anthony writes frequently about major trends affecting real estate markets and the future of how people work. In his spare time, he enjoys running and cycling.

Neil Murray , Global Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Solutions

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Neil Murray leads JLL’s global Corporate Solutions business, which provides corporates and public institutions with strategy, services, products and technology that enhance the performance of their workplaces, real estate portfolios and people.

Neil is a member of JLL’s Global Executive Board, which is responsible for the firm’s strategic direction. He also serves as the global sponsor for JLL’s corporate client advisory board.

Prior to his current role, Neil was based in London, where he joined JLL as EMEA CEO, Corporate Solutions in 2017.

Neil is a passionate believer in the powerful impact workplaces can have on an organization’s human and financial performance. His career has been focused on overseeing transformational change and delivering real estate services for major multinational corporates.

Neil’s love affair with workplaces and real estate began in 1998, where his job at facilities maintenance firm the GSH Group took him all over the world in various regional leadership roles. From there, he went to global outsourcing specialist Sodexo, where he served as CEO of Corporate Services and Chair for the UK & Ireland.

Neil holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Trinity College in Dublin. Originally from Ireland, he lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.

Guy Grainger , Chief Executive Officer, EMEA

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Guy Grainger is responsible for connecting the firm’s broad resources with investors and companies looking for advice and services in all corners of the global property market.

Guy has three decades of experience in real estate, an industry he aimed at early on in life. After earning a degree in valuation and estate management, he started off professionally at a retail-property company in 1989, and continued working in the sector for two decades. Guy joined JLL as the head of UK retail in 2008 as part of a corporate acquisition.

In 2013, Guy became CEO of the UK business. He took on his current role leading the EMEA region in 2016. In these leadership positions, Guy has helped companies with creating strategies around their property portfolios and designing office spaces, while assisting investors trade a wide variety of commercial and residential buildings.

Guy sits on the policy committee of the British Property Federation, an industry group, and is a frequent commentator on issues facing the sector, society and the environment.

In his spare time, Guy spends time with his family and trains rigorously for triathlons.

Jeff Jacobson , Chief Executive Officer, LaSalle Investment Management

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Jeff Jacobson is responsible for driving strong, consistent investment decisions and performance in private and public real estate across the world. In addition, Jeff sits on the Global Executive Board of JLL, of which LaSalle is an independent subsidiary.

Jeff’s diverse career in real estate spans three decades, during which he has lived and worked on three continents. He started his current role as Global CEO in 2007. Prior to that, he was Regional CEO for LaSalle’s European operation, based in London, where he led all aspects of the business.

Jeff is responsible for the global management of the LaSalle’s operations and investment activity in all major markets within Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. He is a member of LaSalle’s Investment Committees in all three regions. Under his tenure, LaSalle has grown into a global leader in real estate investment management for institutional and individual clients.

Jeff earned Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Stanford University. He previously served on the management board of the European Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (INREV). He is also a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate and the Stanford Real Estate Council (SREC).

Trish Maxson , Chief Administrative Officer

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Trish directs strategies that provide an environment for our employees to flourish, demonstrate a commitment to the places we do business and allow us to meet our clients’ needs efficiently and with integrity.

Trish oversees our human resources, legal, audit and procurement teams as well as our corporate real estate and ambitious sustainability commitments to Building a Better Tomorrow.

She joined JLL in 2012, bringing with her a wide variety of leadership experience. From 2007, she worked for Merck & Co., and Rohm and Haas Co. before that, in a diverse set of roles that have stretched from laboratories to the board room. 

Trish started her professional life as a chemist, working with research and business teams. The challenges chemistry presented – identifying patterns, solving complex problems – are skills she has found incredibly useful throughout her career. She moved into human resources in 1999, and developed a deep understanding of the value that talented people who are given clear opportunities to achieve their career ambitions can have on corporate success. In recent years, she has focused on JLL’s strategy to leverage an aligned approach to structure, processes and technology to create efficiencies throughout the business.

Trish earned a degree in chemistry from Michigan State University, a PhD in biophysical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in clinical psychology from The Fielding Graduate Institute. Born in Okinawa, Japan, she currently resides in Pennsylvania.

An accomplished flutist, Trish is passionate about music, and sits on the board of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference.

Greg O’Brien , Chief Executive Officer, Americas

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Greg O’Brien is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Americas, encompassing Canada, the United States (JLL’s largest market) and Latin America.

Greg’s diverse career in commercial real estate spans three decades. He has helped investors buy skyscrapers and shopping malls, and worked with companies navigating lease agreements and large-scale renovation projects. Greg came to JLL during the acquisition of The Staubach Company, where he was CEO, in 2008. In the decade since, he has held numerous senior leadership roles at JLL.

Greg started as CEO of the Americas in 2014. Based in Washington D.C., he works closely with JLL’s clients and teams in cities around world. Increasingly, his job involves helping to tailor technology solutions for clients looking to use big data, which is improving the efficiency of everything from elevator maintenance, to complex portfolios with thousands of assets.

Greg wasn’t always in real estate. He worked in technology for three years after earning an electrical engineering degree from Tufts University in 1984. He has carried those early skills and insights – such as quickly figuring out what works, and what doesn’t – through his career. He shifted into the real estate industry after graduating from Harvard Business School with an MBA.

A strong believer in the value of education, he has served on the board of directors of Teach for America since 2000.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing golf and the occasional scuba dive.