News release

JLL appoints Julien Zhang as China Chief Strategy Officer

Current North China Managing Director promoted as new CSO

December 12, 2021

Tammy Hu

Head of Marketing, China
+86 21 6133 5387

Shanghai, 14 Dec. 2021 - Global real estate consultancy JLL has appointed Julien Zhang as China Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), effective from February 1st, 2022. Julien currently works as North China Managing Director and will continue the role until his successor is determined.

As the new CSO, he will report to JLL Greater China CEO Bessie Lee and continue to be a crucial member of the JLL Greater China Leadership Committee. While based in Beijing as before, Julien will work closely with the CEO to develop and implement JLL’s growth strategy and framework as well as driving company’s digitalization and transformation in China.

He will also take full charge of business growth from Chinese corporations, by continuously providing customized real estate solutions supported by JLL’s global resources and industry expertise. 

Bessie Lee, JLL Greater China CEO, says, “JLL holds strong confidence in the long-term development of China's economy and real estate industry. This new appointment further demonstrates our commitment to strategically enhance our service delivery and digital transformation to assist our clients in achieving their vision of sustainable growth.”

 “Julien has extensive experience in both domestic and global markets, and successfully completed many landmark commercial projects across the country,” she adds.

During the past 25 years of service with JLL in China, America and Australia, Julien has accumulated extensive experience in both domestic and global markets. Since he was appointed as the Managing Director of JLL North China in 2009, he has led the team to provide professional real estate services for many domestic and foreign developers, investors, occupiers, and government departments, covering the whole commercial real estate service chain.

“I am grateful and excited to the company’s trust and this great opportunity. I am looking forward to working closely with the team and our clients. Strategy and technology will be our key,” says Julien. “In recent years, it has been our priority to develop business with Chinese enterprises. We hope to strengthen our partnership further and assist their expansion locally and globally.”

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