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Jones Lang LaSalle Taps Veteran Lease Audit Expert Mekonnen Tekle to Lead Lease Audit and Advisory Practice Group in Washington D.C. Region

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 30, 2013Jones Lang LaSalle announced today that it has expanded its existing national Lease Audit and Advisory Group with the addition of Mekonnen Tekle in the Washington, D.C. office. Mekonnen Tekle, who joined the firm as a Director, will oversee the group’s desktop and field audits of operating and other expenses on behalf of clients, and help clients conduct thorough evaluations of their leases in an effort to achieve operational savings.

“Mekonnen, a certified public accountant, provides the expertise and discipline to ensure our clients continue to receive the highest level of service. He brings 10 years of real estate experience and has spent the last seven performing lease audits for over 200 organizations in this region,” said Mike Ellis, Mid-Atlantic Market Director, Jones Lang LaSalle. “His keen understanding of pass-thru expenses and the commercial real estate market give him a unique ability to provide Jones Lang LaSalle clients with an exceptional level of financial services.”

Tekle is a certified public accountant and received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Virginia Tech.

“With Jones Lang LaSalle’s international presence and unprecedented resources, we will be able to provide the highest level of service to our clients,” added Tekle. “I look forward to working with this exceptional team and ensuring that our clients continue to receive the best representation in the marketplace.”

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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