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CHICAGO, IL

Peter Shannon Takes Helm of Strategic Consulting, Hires Bernice Boucher to lead JLL’s Americas Workplace Strategy Expansion

Shannon leads the integrated group covering both workplace and portfolio strategy, turns to NY-based Boucher for workplace strategy leadership


CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2012 – Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) today announced that it has accelerated the expansion of its Strategic Consulting leadership team with the appointment of Peter Shannon, Managing Director, to leadership of Jones Lang LaSalle’s strategic consulting practices and business. Shannon has wasted little time, beginning to fill his cabinet with the appointment of Bernice Boucher to Managing Director of the firm’s Americas workplace strategy practice. 

The expansion of the strategic consulting leadership team also represents a deeper integration of workplace and real estate portfolio optimization consulting through a national Americas team with global reach and team collaboration. Together, the functions will seamlessly deliver scalable business solutions that improve corporate productivity across a global footprint. Kenneth Rudy remains President, Strategic Consulting, providing executive oversight for the group, and coordinating the consulting service with other Corporate Solutions services, as head of the Americas Corporate Solutions Strategic Planning function.

“The time has come to fully integrate workplace and corporate real estate portfolio optimization strategies as two complementary levers that can improve a company’s productivity when applied as a coordinated solution,” said Shannon. “By looking at real estate footprint and the working environment within it as a single strategy, we believe corporations can better leverage their real estate as an investment while driving overall productivity and employee engagement.”

JLL has recently filled its ranks with additional seasoned experts as Boucher joins Claudia Hamm-Bastow who holds the same role in Europe and Susan Lim in Asia to complete the formation of the firm’s global workplace strategy leadership team.

Boucher brings more than 18 years of experience in workplace strategy and change management to her role with JLL.  She is expert in advising clients on their journey from pilot to project to program, in the Americas and around the globe. Prior to JLL, she served as Director of the New York office of DEGW and as the global practice leader for the financial services sector.  Boucher has also served as the workplace strategist for Deutsche Bank in the Americas. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Design from The George Washington University, has attended the Executive Education Programs at Harvard Graduate School of Design and is certified in change management by Prosci.  She is an active member of CoreNet Global where she heads the Chapter Integration for the Workplace Community and is a member of the New York Chapter Programming Committee. 

Peter Shannon’s new role as overall leader of JLL’s strategic consulting practices and business melds his prior experience working in real estate strategy and workplace practices. He has been with JLL for eight years. Prior, he was a consultant with Ernst & Young, where he led its central region Real Estate Advisory Services Practice.  A licensed architect with over 25 years of consulting experience, Peter brings great perspective and energy to his leadership role.

“The moves that we are making to invest in the next generation of client solutions in workplace strategy is a direct result of our ability to create  scalable solutions that improve corporate productivity,” said Kenneth Rudy, President, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle. “Our management team now has the right mix of internal leadership in Peter and fresh perspective from Bernice’s external perspective. We’re well positioned to expand on our firm’s legacy as the premier CRE consultancy firm.”

A leader in the real estate outsourcing field, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Corporate Solutions business helps corporations improve productivity in the cost, efficiency and performance of their national, regional or global real estate portfolios by creating outsourcing partnerships to manage and execute a range of corporate real estate services. This service delivery capability helps  corporations improve business performance, particularly as companies turn to the outsourcing of their real estate activity as a way to manage expenses and enhance profitability.

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About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.0 billion of real estate assets under management. For further information, visit www.jll.com.