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Chicago, IL

JLL accelerates investment in global Smart Building Program

Akshay Thakur deepens the firm’s expertise in IoT building technology solutions


​​​​​CHICAGO, LONDON, Nov. 28, 2017 – JLL continues to invest in strategic new hires to respond to the rapidly growing market demand for smart buildings​. Akshay Thakur, Director, Smart Building Program, EMEA, joins a growing global team under the leadership of Darlene Pope​, Senior Vice President and Global Practice Lead.  

Thakur will lead the JLL Smart Building Program in the EMEA region, helping companies implement integrated smart building solutions and develop Internet of Things (IoT) strategies to drive business value around operational efficiencies, business intelligence, and employee experience, health and wellness. 

“Akshay brings an extremely valuable skill set around the implementation of IoT and smart building solutions, as well as global program expertise. We are excited that Akshay has joined the JLL team to lead our Smart Building Program in EMEA,” said Pope. “This demonstrates JLL’s ongoing commitment and investment in attracting top talent and subject matter experts who can guide our global clients along their smart building journey.”

“In a world increasingly driven by data and innovation, it is more important than ever that we help our clients adapt their workspaces to 21st century needs,” added Samit Chopra, Head of Integrated Portfolio Services, EMEA. “We are really excited to have Akshay with us. His true understanding of the market will be key to strengthening our expertise in the region.”

Based in London, Thakur joins JLL after more than 16 years at Cisco Systems, where he most recently led business development for smart buildings in EMEAR and APAC regions. He also held regional sales and business development positions focused on enterprise and finance institutions, mobile service providers, and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has also fostered nontraditional strategic partnerships to deliver innovative solutions and led the development of a business incubation and innovation center for entrepreneurs.

Thakur holds a bachelor’s of engineering degree in computer engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

JLL's Smart Building Program​ provides a comprehensive set of consulting, design and engineering services to help clients develop a holistic strategy for building and workplace technology to deliver operational efficiencies, space optimization and a more productive work environment.


About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and, on behalf of clients, managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $145 billion. At the end of the third quarter of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 80,000. As of September 30, 2017, LaSalle Investment Management had $59.0 billion of real estate under asset management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit www.jll.com​.