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JLL Named One Of The 2016 “Top 60 Companies For Executive Women” By NAFE

CHICAGO, March 1, 2016 — JLL has been named one of the 2016 “NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association for Female Executives, to recognize American corporations that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture that fosters the careers of talented women.

“I am happy to report that female representation in senior management positions continues to inch up at the NAFE Top Companies,” says Dr. Betty Spence, NAFE President. “Though progress of women into senior positions has slowed nationally, the 2016 NAFE Top Companies are leading the way in moving women in power positions where they have the influence to innovate and boost profits.”

The full list of this year’s winners is posted on and on

Highlights of the 2016 NAFE Top 60 Companies are:

  • More than half (52%) of the companies on the 2016 NAFE Top 60 have at least four women on their boards of directors. An average of 28% of board of director members are women, compared with 19% at S & P Companies.
  • The number of NAFE Top 60 Companies led by women CEOs has dropped two percentage points since last year to 8%, but still outpaces Fortune 500 companies with 5%.
  • Every NAFE Top Company CEO requires a women’s advancement executive to report to him/her on women’s advancement metrics, and 92% of them review senior-level succession plans for gender equity.
  • Women at the NAFE Top Companies last year received 44% of promotions to the manager level and above. The largest proportion of promotions going to women is at the manager level; however, men still receive the majority of promotions at all levels.

Subha V. Barry, Vice President and General Manager, Working Mother Media, says, “The NAFE Top Companies are where women are increasingly making the decisions that affect their company’s future and its bottom line. They are setting standards for advancing women into positions to lead businesses, set policy and take profit-and-loss responsibility.”

Mary Bilbrey, JLL Chief Human Resources Officer Americas, said “JLL believes female representation at the board and corporate officer level is imperative to the company’s long-term success. Our people’s differences bring innovative perspectives to our business and enable us to serve our clients more effectively. We take great pride in our Diversity & Inclusion program, and we’re thrilled to be recognized with this honor.”

About the Methodology
The 2016 NAFE Top Companies application includes some 200 questions on female representation at all levels, especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss ranks. The vetting process includes tracking access and usage of programs and policies that promote the advancement of women as well as the training and accountability of managers in relation to the number of women who advance. In order to be eligible for the NAFE Top Companies survey, entrants must have a minimum of 1,000 employees, two women on the Board of Directors and be a public or private company. NAFE also separately names the Top 10 companies in the nonprofit sector.

About JLL
JLL (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. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $5.2 billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion, JLL has more than 230 corporate offices, operates in more than 80 countries and has a global workforce of more than 60,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $56.4 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.​