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Jones Lang LaSalle Names Ann Sperling Americas Chief Operating Officer

Industry leader to help drive firm’s growth

CHICAGO, November 5, 2009 - Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE:JLL), the leading integrated financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate, announced today that Ann Sperling has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Americas region effective this month. Responsibilities for this critical role include driving execution of the Americas regional plan, leading the Americas Management Committee in developing and implementing key operating policies, overseeing the region’s planning process and compensation program, integrating support functions with the businesses and driving continuous improvement of business processes to maintain the firm’s high standard of client service.
“Ann is a proven leader whose experience across a broad range of real estate disciplines makes her the ideal choice for this important position,” said Peter Roberts, Chief Executive Officer for the Americas region.  “Her success in driving growth, excellence in client service and business performance makes her the ideal choice to help guide the firm now and through the economic recovery.”
Sperling will succeed Bill Thummel, who has held the position since 2005 and has been named to the newly-created Chief Operating Officer role for the firm’s global Corporate Solutions organization.  Sperling and Thummel will work together in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition.
“I am enormously impressed with the leadership and vision of Jones Lang LaSalle and its unwavering commitment to service and quality. The firm’s client focus, commitment to excellence and strong culture match my personal fabric,” said Sperling.  “These demanding times provide a unique opportunity to contribute to the performance of a great firm.”
Previously, Sperling was Managing Director at Catellus Development Group, a national mixed-use development company and wholly owned business of ProLogis. As the chief operating executive for Catellus, she oversaw strategy, finance, operations and marketing.
She joined Catellus following the CBRE/Trammell Crow Company merger, capping a 25-year career at Trammell Crow during which she rose from her first job in retail leasing to become Senior Managing Director and Area Director for the firm’s Rocky Mountain region.
Over her career, she has been involved in most core real estate services for corporate and investor clients, including tenant representation, agency leasing, investment sales, outsourcing, project management, facilities management, property management, construction  and commercial development.
A magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, Ann earned her MBA at Harvard. She has been honored by the National Association of University Women, and she received the 2008 CREW Denver’s Women of Influence Award.
Sperling will be based in Chicago and will maintain her residence in Denver, where she is committed to a number of civic and community activities, including service as a member of the Board of Directors of The Children’s Hospital.  She also was a member of the Governor of Colorado’s Business Advisory Committee. Additionally, she has held leadership roles with the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2008 global revenue of $2.7 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide, including 180 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.4 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with more than $37 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our Web site,
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