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Current responsibilities
John Forrest is Chairman of the Global Corporate Solutions Board and CEO of Americas Corporate Solutions. He is also a member of the JLL Global Executive Board, Americas Executive Committee, the Brokerage Executive Committee, and the Global Client Advisory Board.

John also co-chairs the Corrigo Executive Committee. He has also served as a Global Board Director of CoreNet and on the JLL Diversity Council.

As Chair of the Global Corporate Solutions Board, John leads the senior management team that oversees the strategic direction and service delivery of the firm’s Corporate Solutions business globally.

As CEO, Americas Corporate Solutions, John has management responsibility for all services JLL provides to more than 200 clients across the Americas, through a team of more than 15,000 people.

Experience
Prior to his current role, John was CEO, Asia Pacific Corporate Solutions. There he had management responsibility for a team of 9,000 people across 13 countries. John led a team that served more than 120 strategic alliance clients, and which opened up new corporate real estate markets in countries including China, Japan, India, Singapore and Australia.

John plays an instrumental role in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions activities. In 2015 this included Americas based Corrigo, a pioneer in facilities management (FM) software, whose suite of software as a service (SaaS) and mobile apps brings increased visibility and automation to key business processes, and CoR Advisors, a U.S. smart building consulting and solutions business specializing in transforming buildings into energy efficient, high performance facilities.

In Asia Pacific, he played a key role in the acquisition of Trammell Crow Meghraj (India), MPS (Australia’s leading independent tenant representation firm) and IGAS, IBM’s property services division in Japan. He also led the establishment of Sandalwood, an Asia-wide retail joint venture company with Colonial First State Property Management, now fully owned by JLL.

From 2004 to 2008, John was responsible for regional service lines across Asia Pacific, and held country line management responsibility for India from 2002 to 2007. Earlier, he established Tenant Representation practices across Southeast Asia and led the regional sales team for Corporate Solutions. From 1996 to 2000, John handled cross border investment transactions for Singapore-based investors and institutions.

Prior to his transfer to Singapore in 1996, he focused on corporate real estate services and fund management in North America, after commencing his career with JLL in Australia as a management trainee.

Education
John holds an MBA from Macquarie University, Sydney and a Bachelor’s Degree in Land Economics from the University of Western Sydney, where he was awarded the University Medal.

Affiliations
He is a member of CoreNet Global, the Economist Network and the Australian Property Council. John lives in the Chicago area with his family.