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Sabine Eckhardt . Credit: JLL

JLL appoints Sabine Eckhardt as CEO Central Europe

Marketing and sales expert takes over expanded executive position in international real estate services group.

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

In the newly created position, which includes full responsibility for Germany and Central Europe, based in Frankfurt, Sabine Eckhardt will help drive continued growth and digital transformation of the international real estate services group. She will also join JLL’s EMEA Strategy Board.

JLL is a leading professional services firm that specialises in real estate and investment management. It is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 93,000 as of September 30, 2019.

Sabine Eckhardt comes from ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, a major European Media Company, where she was Executive Board Member until April 2019, responsible for Sales & Marketing. This included Advertising Technologies, Seven Ventures, and the ProSieben Incubator, through which ProSiebenSat.1 invests in start-ups and successful 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 Digital Publishing.

The German studies and philosophy graduate is considered a proven sales and marketing specialist. Sabine Eckhardt brings a wealth of experience from industries that were forced to undergo a digital transformation early on, such as media and the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. In the course of these change processes, Eckhardt has intensively dealt with the topics of innovation, technology-enabled sales, and leadership, with many years of experience in B2B and B2C business models.

Guy Grainger, CEO JLL EMEA, said: “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. 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.

Sabine Eckhardt, CEO Central Europe, JLL, commented: “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.”