LaSalle appoints Mark Gabbay as global CEO

LaSalle appoints Mark Gabbay as global CEO
Mark Gabbay appointed as Global CEO of LaSalle

LaSalle Investment Management (LaSalle) announced that Mark Gabbay, currently CEO and CIO of LaSalle Asia Pacific, will assume the role of LaSalle Global CEO, effective January 1, 2021.

Gabbay will succeed Jeff Jacobson, who is transitioning leadership after a 14-year tenure as LaSalle Global CEO. Jacobson will stay on as LaSalle Chairman through at least June 2021 and will continue to work closely with the leadership team to ensure a smooth transition and continued momentum in the business.

As LaSalle Global CEO, Gabbay will report to Christian Ulbrich, President and CEO of JLL.

“Jeff’s leadership and investment expertise have been instrumental in LaSalle’s success over the past 30 years. We thank him for positioning the business on such solid footing and being an outstanding steward for LaSalle’s investors and employees throughout his career. Mark is the right leader to drive the next phase of growth and further enhancing LaSalle’s industry leading real estate investment management offer.,” said Christian Ulbrich, JLL CEO.

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“Mark’s experience and track record of outperformance have been critical to the success of our Asia Pacific business, and he possesses the right mix of skills, innovative thinking and leadership to drive LaSalle’s growth going forward,” said Jeff Jacobson, incumbent LaSalle CEO.

Gabbay joined LaSalle in 2010 as Chief Investment Officer for Asia Pacific. In 2015, he became APAC CEO and has since been the central architect of the firm’s stellar investment performance and robust earnings growth in the region. Gabbay’s extensive real estate investment background before joining LaSalle includes serving as Managing Director and Head of the Asia Asset Finance Division at Nomura and Co-Head of the Asia Pacific Global Real Estate Group at Lehman Brothers.

Mark Gabbay, incoming LaSalle CEO said, “I am honored and excited to become the next CEO of LaSalle. Our global platform, singular real estate focus and investment expertise around the world is unparalleled and I look forward to working with our teams to drive growth, innovation and performance in the years ahead.”

As part of the succession plan, the following leadership changes are being implemented in LaSalle’s Asia Pacific region:

  • Keith Fujii, Japan CEO, will step into the Asia Pacific CEO role previously held by Mark Gabbay
  • Claire Tang, Head of Greater China, and Kunihiko (Nick) Okumura, Head of Japan Acquisitions, will become Co-CIOs of Asia Pacific to fill the CIO role previously held by Mark Gabbay

In addition, the following individuals will be stepping into new global roles as part of the global transformation of LaSalle:

  • Tim Kessler, Global Head of Corporate Strategy and Development, will become Global Chief Operating Officer  
  • Alok Gaur, Global Co-Head of Client Capital Group, will become Global Head of Client Capital Group
  • Jon Zehner, Global Co-Head of Client Capital Group, is transitioning to CEO of Global Partner Solutions, LaSalle’s global unlisted indirect business unit, succeeding Ed Casal

Other members of LaSalle’s executive leadership team remain in place:

  • Jacques Gordon as Global Strategist
  • Lisa Kaufman as CEO Global Real Estate Securities
  • Gordon Repp as General Counsel
  • Mike Ricketts as Global Chief Financial Officer
  • Darline Scelzo as Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Jason Kern as CEO Americas
  • Philip La Pierre as CEO Europe