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 Former President and CEO
Siddharth (Bobby) Mehta was named a Director of JLL in 2019 and Chairman of the Board in June 2020.
Mr. Mehta was President and CEO of TransUnion, a global provider of credit and information management services, from 2007 through 2012. Prior to that, he held various roles at multinational banking and financial services company HSBC, including CEO of HSBC North America Holdings and CEO of HSBC Finance Corporation.
He serves on the boards of The Allstate Corporation, Northern Trust, TransUnion, Entrust Datacard Corporation and Amount. He is also a member of the non-profit boards of the Field Museum and the Chicago Public Education Fund.
Mr. Mehta holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the London School of Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
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
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.
Former Non-Executive Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer
First Eagle Holdings, Inc.
Bridget Macaskill has been a Director at JLL since 2016.
Until July 2019, Ms. Macaskill was the Non-Executive Chairman and, prior to that, the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Eagle Holdings, Inc., 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 Cambridge Associates LLC.
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.
Former Executive Vice President
Structured and Alternative Investments, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc.
Deborah (Debbie) McAneny was named a Director in 2019.
Ms. McAneny held various roles at John Hancock Financial Services over 20 years, including most recently as Executive Vice President for Structured and Alternative Investments. Following that, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Benchmark Assisted Living, LLC from 2006 to 2009.
Ms. McAneny served on the Board of Directors of HFF, the leading capital markets advisor recently acquired by JLL, and currently holds board seats at KKR Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc., THL Credit Advisors LLC, RREEF Property Trust, Inc., and RREEF America REIT II.
Ms. McAneny holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Vermont and a Masters Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.
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 American Airlines Group and CenterPoint Energy, Inc., an electric and natural gas utility serving several markets in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
Mr. Nesbitt is Chairman of the Board of the Barack Obama Foundation and a Trustee of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He is a former 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 bachelor’s degree and honorary doctorate from Albion College, Albion, Michigan.
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Jeetu Patel was named a Director in 2019.
Mr. Patel is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Security and Applications business. He leads the strategy and development of a multibillion-dollar portfolio and has P&L responsibility for the Security, AppDynamics and Collaboration divisions. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Patel was the Chief Product Officer and Chief Strategy Officer at Box, an enterprise cloud content management platform. He oversaw the company’s product and platform strategy, setting the company’s long-term roadmap and vision for cloud content management in the enterprise. His other past roles include General Manager and Chief Executive of the Syncplicity business unit of EMC (now part of Dell) and Founder and President of Doculabs, a research and advisory firm focused on collaboration and content management.
Mr. Patel serves on the board of directors of HackerRank, a market-leading technical assessment and remote interview solution for hiring developers.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Decision Sciences from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Former Chairman of the Board
Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated
and Retired President Corporate and Institutional Services
Northern Trust Corporation
Sheila Penrose has been a Director of JLL since 2002. She served as Chairman of the Board from 2005 through May 2020.
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.
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.