Ed Nolan

Ed Nolan

Global Consulting Practice Lead, Adoption

Current Responsibilities

Mr. Nolan is a Managing Director and National Practice Leader for JLL Consulting. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.

For the past 35-plus years, Ed has guided enterprises to provide engaging and memorable workplace experiences to their employees and partners. He has helped clients evaluate the needs of their current and future workforce to deliver solutions that bring together commercial real estate (CRE), IT, and HR to create the optimal human experience. He is also dedicated to exploring how the digitization of work will impact talent and their future workspace; and help enterprises leverage these new ways of work into their owned, leased, and on-demand workplaces.


Ed served as Hewlett-Packard’s Director of Global Workplace for 13 years. He initiated, designed, and grew HP’s corporate workplace strategy from local inception to a global competitive advantage serving 400,000 workers at 700-plus sites in 60M SF of space. During Ed’s tenure, HP’s Global Workplace Initiative delivered employee satisfaction ratings exceeding 75%, reduced SF per head by 50%, and returned $500M in annual savings. HP’s Global Workplace initiative was industry recognized for alignment with HP’s goals, a fact-based voice of the customer approach to driving workplace change, and strong integration across real estate, information technology, and human resources in delivering the flexible environment desired by employees.

In the 2 years prior to joining JLL, Ed served as Director of Enterprise Business Development for LiquidSpace, the largest real-time marketplace for professional meeting and office spaces. Ed built the company’s enterprise business from inception, including partnerships with JLL and Marriott to consult clients on workplace strategy and alternative workplace solutions including workspace-on-demand.

Education and Affiliations

Ed earned his Master of Business Administration at the University of Illinois, and his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. He is a graduate of HP’s Top 3% Potential Program, and Duke University’s Functional Manager Program. Ed has professional affiliations with CoreNet, IFMA, NewWow, and Workplace Evolutionaries. He is a quoted and published workplace expert in numerous publications including CoreNet’s LEADER Magazine.

Representative clients:

  • 3M
  • Asurion
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • BMO Harris
  • BP
  • Capital One
  • Ciena
  • ExxonMobil
  • Griffith Foods
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Honeywell
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • RSM
  • Spencer Stuart
  • Terminix
  • USAA
  • U.S. Bank
  • Xerox
  • Zurich