Meet our board of
Our accomplished and diverse board of directors proudly represent the best interests of our shareholders, and help steer the firm’s policies on governance and risk management.
Chairman of the Board
Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated
and Retired President, Corporate and
Northern Trust Corporation
Sheila Penrose is the Chairman of the Board at JLL, a position she has held since 2005. She has been a Director of JLL since 2002.
Ms. Penrose worked for over 23 years at Northern Trust Corporation, a bank holding company and a global provider of personal and institutional financial services. While at Northern Trust she served as President of Corporate and Institutional Services and was a member of the Management Committee. She retired from the company in 2000.
Ms. Penrose is a member of the board of directors of McDonald's Corporation, and served as an Executive Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group from 2001 to 2007.
Ms. Penrose received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Birmingham in England and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics. She also attended the Executive Program of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chief Executive Officer
Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated
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 ten 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.
Former Group Executive
Rio Tinto Plc
Hugo Bagué has been a Director of JLL since 2011.
Mr. Bagué was Group Executive for Rio Tinto Organisational Resources from 2007 to 2017, taking overall responsibility for everything from external affairs to information systems and technology. Rio Tinto Plc is an international mining and metals group headquartered in the U.K.
He previously worked at Hewlett Packard Corporation as global vice president of Human Resources for the Technology Solutions Group. He also worked for Compaq Computer, Nortel Networks and Abbott Laboratories.
Mr. Bagué earned a degree in linguistics and post-graduate qualifications in Human Resources and Marketing from the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Chief Executive Officer of Aryaka Networks, Inc.
Matthew Carter was named a Director in November 2018. He is the CEO of Aryaka Networks, Inc., the leading provider of cloud and on-premises network applications. He previously served as President and CEO of Inteliquent, which provides wholesale voice services for carriers and service providers.
Prior to that role, Mr. Carter held various roles at Sprint Corporation, including President of Enterprise Solutions, Sprint’s $14 billion global communications technology business unit. He serves on the boards of NRG Energy, Inc and USG Corporation, and previously served on the boards of Inteliquent, Inc. and Apollo Education Group, Inc. He earned a master’s degree in general management from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
Retired Global Chief Executive Officer
PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.
Samuel Di Piazza has been a Director of JLL since 2015.
Mr. Di Piazza retired as Global Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. in 2009 after eight years of leading the professional-services firm. In 36 years at PwC, he led the company as Chairman and Senior Partner, the Americas Tax Practice, and was a member of the Global Leadership Team.
After retiring from PwC, Mr. Di Piazza joined Citigroup, Inc. and served as Vice Chairman of the Global Corporate and Investment Bank from 2011 to 2014.
Mr. Di Piazza currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mayo Clinic, and is on the board of directors of DirecTV, Inc., ProAssurance, Inc. and AT&T Inc., all NYSElisted companies. He is a member of the Executive Committee of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and The Inner City Scholarship Fund of New York City, a trustee of the USA Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, and a member of the Executive Committee of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.
Mr. Di Piazza has served as a trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, and is past chairman of the Genevabased World Business Council on Sustainable Development, The Conference Board, Inc., Junior Achievement Worldwide and the Financial Accounting Foundation, the oversight body of the FASB.
Mr. Di Piazza received a B.S. in accounting from the University of Alabama and an M.S. from the University of Houston. He is the coauthor of Building Public Trust: The Future of Corporate Reporting.
KKR & Co., L.P.
Mr. Lu has been a Director of JLL since May 2009.
Mr. Lu has been a partner since 2007 with KKR & Co., L.P., a global alternative asset manager sponsoring and managing funds that make investments in private equity, fixed income and other assets. He joined KKR Asia Limited in 2006.
In connection with KKR, Mr. Lu is a member of the board of directors of BIS Industrial Limited, a provider of logistics and materials handling services to the mining and metals industry in Australia; MMI Group, a precision engineering company based in Singapore that provides components to the hard disc, oil and gas and aerospace industries; Unisteel Technology Limited, a Singapore based provider of precision fastening, stamping, optics and surface treatment technologies; and Masan Consumer Corporation, a leading branded consumer goods company in Vietnam.
Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Lu was a Partner at CCMP Capital Asia Pte Ltd (formerly JP Morgan Partners Asia Pte Ltd), a leading private equity fund focusing on investments in Asia, from 1999 to 2006. He previously held senior positions at Lucas Varity, a leading global automotive component supplier, Kraft Foods International, Inc., and CITIC, the largest direct-investment firm in China.
Mr. Lu received a BA in economics from Wuhan University of Hydro Electrical Engineering in China and an MBA from the University of Leuven in Belgium.
Non-Executive Chairman and
Retired Chief Executive Officer
First Eagle Holdings, Inc.
Bridget Macaskill has been a Director at JLL since 2016.
Ms. Macaskill is the non-executive chairman of First Eagle Holdings, Inc. and serves as senior adviser to First Eagle Investment Management and to its CEO. She was formerly president and chief executive officer of First Eagle, which she joined in 2009.
Prior to joining First Eagle, Ms. Macaskill served as chief operating officer, president, chief executive officer and chairman of Oppenheimer Funds, Inc., where she is recognized for creating the Oppenheimer Funds' Women & Investing program, dedicated to educating American women about the need to take charge of their personal finances.
Ms. Macaskill has served on a number of public company and not-for-profit boards. She is currently on the boards of Jupiter Fund Management plc., merchant banking firm Close Brothers plc., and the TIAA-CREF mutual funds.
A native of the United Kingdom, Ms. Macaskill earned a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh and completed post-graduate studies at the Edinburgh College of Commerce.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
The Vistria Group, LLC
Martin H. Nesbitt has been a Director of JLL since March 2011.
He currently serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Vistria Group, LLC, a private equity investment firm. Until January 2013, he was President and CEO of TPS Parking Management (known as the Parking Spot), a Chicago-based owner and operator of off-airport parking facilities, which he conceived and co-founded.
Prior to launching the Parking Spot, Mr. Nesbitt was an officer of the Pritzker Realty Group, L.P. Before that, he was a Vice President and Investment Manager at LaSalle Partners.
Mr. Nesbitt is a member of the board of directors of Norfolk Southern Corporation, a rail transportation company in the United States, and CenterPoint Energy, Inc., an electric and natural gas utility serving several markets in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
He is a Trustee of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and a member of The University of Chicago Laboratory School Board, and the former Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Housing Authority.
Mr. Nesbitt has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors degree and honorary doctorate from Albion College, Albion, Michigan.
Retired Chief Financial Officer
Ann Marie Petach has been a Director of JLL since 2015, and Chairman of the Audit Committee since 2016.
From 2007 until 2014, Ms. Petach was a senior leader at BlackRock, Inc., the global firm managing trillions of dollars’ worth of investments on behalf of governments, companies, foundations, and individuals. Most recently, Ms. Petach was the co-head of U.S. Client Solutions. Prior to that she was the Chief Financial Officer of BlackRock.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Ms. Petach was Vice President, Treasurer at Ford Motor Company, where she worked for the firm in the U.S., Europe and South America for 23 years.
Ms. Petach is currently a member of the board of directors of some of BlackRock’s affiliated companies. She is also a trustee, secretary and treasurer of the Financial Accounting Foundation.
Ms. Petach earned a BA degree in business and Spanish from Muhlenberg College in 1982, and a MSIA degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984.
University College London
Dame DeAnne Julius has been a Director of JLL since November 2008.
She is the former Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House, a leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world.
Dame DeAnne was previously a founding member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England and was the chief economist at both British Airways and Royal Dutch Shell. She has served as a senior economic advisor to the World Bank and a consultant to the International Monetary Fund. She previously served on the boards of Roche Holding AG, the global healthcare and pharmaceutical firm; Deloitte UK, a firm providing audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services; and BP PLC, one of the world’s largest energy companies.
Dame DeAnne has a B.Sc from Iowa State University and a Ph.D in economics from the University of California.