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Guy Grainger Appointed as JLL’s EMEA Global Head of Sustainability Services & ESG

Guy Grainger Appointed as JLL’s EMEA Global Head of Sustainability Services & ESG
17 November 2020

As part of the company’s increased focus on sustainability, JLL has announced its EMEA CEO Guy Grainger will move into a new role as Global Head of Sustainability Services & ESG. 

The appointment will take effect from 1 January, 2021. Andy Poppink will succeed Grainger as the CEO of EMEA Markets.  

Grainger has led the EMEA region since June 2016, also serving as a member of JLL’s Global Executive Board.  Prior to that, he was CEO of the UK business between 2013 and 2016, having originally joined as a senior leader of the Churston Heard business, acquired by JLL in 2008.

Addtionally, current Americas CEO, Greg O’Brien, will move into a new role as Global CEO Markets, with the Global Executive Board overview of all regional and local Markets operations. John Gates will lead the Americas Region as CEO Americas Markets and Anthony Couse will continue to lead the Asia Pacific region.


A “Leading Role” in Shaping the Future of Real Estate


JLL’s CEO, Christian Ulbrich, explained that the creation of the new senior role reflects JLL’s ongoing strategic focus on expanding its already substantial sustainability services capabilities and CSR commitments

“JLL is committed to playing a leading role in shaping the future of real estate for a better world,” he said.

“Central to that purpose is using the breadth and strength of our global platform to partner with our clients in truly moving the needle on real estate carbon reduction and sustainability.  We see this both as a massive growth opportunity and a primary corporate responsibility.  Guy Grainger is ideally qualified to lead this major strategic growth initiative, and we are delighted he has accepted the challenge.”

Earlier this year, JLL announced ambitious new goals for its own operations including a science-based target for carbon reductions and a commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in its own buildings by 2030.

Guy Grainger commented: “Our strategy to decarbonize real estate through sustainability products can deliver ground-breaking results for clients, significantly improve the environment, and be tremendously inspiring for our people in the process. 

“I have greatly enjoyed the past eight years as CEO for the UK and then for the EMEA region.  I will now use that invaluable experience to help create a better world through our services.”

Grainger will continue to be based in London, with overall responsibility for sustainability services, products and strategy, and for JLL’s “Building a Better Tomorrow” program which includes its annual sustainability reporting and targets.  He will report to Global Executive Board member Neil Murray. 

Picture: a photograph of Guy Grainger

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 17 November 2020


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