Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL) has appointed Karen Brennan as Chief Financial Officer, effective July 15. Brennan, currently the Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle’s operations in Europe, will report to CEO Christian Ulbrich and will join JLL’s Global Executive Board.
She succeeds Stephanie Plaines, who has decided to leave JLL for personal reasons after a transition period.
“Karen has excelled across a variety of roles in her two decades with JLL, and I am confident that her diverse global experience and understanding of our business will be invaluable as we navigate the current economic environment and position JLL for future growth,” commented Ulbrich. “I would like to also thank Stephanie for her leadership as CFO, particularly the integration of HFF, the largest acquisition in our history, through the recent financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and for ensuring a smooth transition.”
During her more than 20 years with LaSalle, Brennan developed extensive experience across the global commercial real estate sector while based in Chicago and Baltimore in the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong and London. As CEO for LaSalle Europe, she had overall responsibility for business strategy across six offices managing approximately $22 billion in assets under management.
Brennan earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Loyola University in Maryland.
Karen Brennan commented, “I look forward to leading the talented group of people in our Finance team and to partnering with colleagues around the world. JLL’s growth momentum and innovation in global real estate provide a strong platform to deliver on behalf of our clients, and I am excited to be part of this team.”