JLL appoints Sabine Eckhardt as CEO Central Europe

Global professional services firm JLL has appointed Sabine Eckhardt as CEO Central Europe with effect from May 1, 2020.

Eckhardt's newly created position, which includes full responsibility for Germany and Central Europe, will be based in Frankfurt and includes driving the firm's growth and digital transformation. She will also join JLL's EMEA strategy board.

'With Sabine Eckhardt, we have been able to attract an outstanding leader from outside the real estate industry for the JLL executive position in Central Europe,' said Guy Grainger, CEO JLL EMEA.

'Her experience as a leader in the digitally-driven media industry will undoubtedly make our own client solutions more dynamic. We welcome her fresh ideas and excellent contacts in the German economy, which will open many doors for us and give the positioning of JLL in Germany a new profile in every respect,' Grainger added.

Eckhardt joins JLL from media company ProSiebenSat.1 Media, where she was executive board member until April 2019, responsible for sales & marketing. This included advertising technologies and the ProSieben Incubator, through which ProSiebenSat.1 invests in start-ups and digital companies.

Prior to her appointment to the executive board, the Bremen-born executive spent 13 years as managing director in various areas of the media group, where she was responsible for TV and digital advertising sales, new customer business, merchandising and music business, among other things. Prior to that, she gained sales, marketing and management experience at Mattel, EM.TV and in digital publishing.

Eckhardt said: 'From the very first moment, I was inspired by the vision of JLL, its people and its leadership. Build a better, sustainable environment and preparing the company for the future is a great ambition.

'I am very much looking forward to working with the experienced JLL leadership team in such an exciting and dynamic growth market - and on an international level.'

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