The annual JLL country managers meeting for 2015 has just wrapped up in Lisbon. This is a valuable forum for the leadership of our businesses across EMEA to renew relationships, share regional ambitions, and foster the cooperative relationships which are vital in ensuring that our clients benefit from seamless service across this diverse geography.
This years gathering saw an interactive focus and exchange of views on the likely scenarios which would shape future business environments and the active contribution which JLL will make to this inevitable transition. One of the few constants in our rapidly evolving world is change and change is happening at an alarming pace. One doesn’t have to go too far back in the memory bank to recall global brands which at a point seemed an indivisible part of the business landscape but which no longer exist today. Was their demise a consequence of complacency, redundancy, unforeseen and fundamental change in operating environment or unconventional new entrant strategy which altered the course of market share and demand?
It is a privilege to be part of an innovative team whose leadership challenge the status quo and push boundaries in a continued ambition to achieve excellence. We share a consolidated view on the key drivers of change, not only for our business but of our industry and those of our clients. With a heightened awareness of the increasing role which JLL can play in the workplace of tomorrow, any complacency has given way to renewed ambition and a path of innovative lateral thinking. It is our task to ensure that our vision of the future is translated and implemented in our operating environments at a country level.
The country managers meeting is held in a different country every year. This is my first visit to an impressive Lisbon. JLL’ s Portuguese business were generous hosts, enthusiastically sharing not only the beauty of their city, but it’s significant real estate opportunity. There is escalating foreign direct investment in real estate lead by Chinese investors with significant contributions from South Africans. There is little doubt that increased collaboration between our Portuguese and African businesses will have a positive impact for clients, not only in Portugal but in South Africa, Angola and Mozambique.