Alongside senior leadership, Christian is steering a strategy that positions JLL among the world’s leading companies. The vision calls for embracing market-leading digital solutions to help drive success for clients, employees and shareholders. Christian has been in leadership roles at JLL for over a decade. He joined the company in 2005 as managing director for Germany. In 2009, he became CEO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and a member of the GEB. Prior to that, Christian spent seven years as CEO of the Hamburg-based HIH group of companies, following 10 years in senior roles with German and international banks. Christian is a passionate advocate for a sustainable, diverse and inclusive global future. He is a Vanguard board member of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative. He is also a member of the board of directors of Vonovia SE, Europe’s largest residential real estate company. Christian earned a senior degree in business administration from the University of Hamburg, and attended the Stanford University GSB program. He lives near Frankfurt, Germany.View the profile
Heather Landy is executive editor of Quartz and the editor of Quartz at Work, an edition focused on the modern workplace. She joined Quartz in 2014 as global news editor and later served as managing editor. Previously she was editor in chief of American Banker Magazine. As a reporter, Heather covered Wall Street for The Washington Post during the 2008 financial crisis; she also worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas and at Bloomberg News in Chicago and New York. She is the recipient of a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism.View the profile
About the talk
Business leaders must reimagine workspaces and the supporting technology to meet new health and safety standards, evaluate key employee needs, and connect a more dispersed workforce. Quartz’s Heather Landy and JLL Global CEO Christian Ulbrich discuss the role of technology as we navigate the next normal of CRE, rebuild employee trust, and create a safer and smarter workplace.
00:55 COVID-19 impact on commercial real estate
03:15 What appeals to get back to office?
05:08 Safe commute to work
08:04 Changes worldwide
11:15 The first day back at the office
12:42 Technology adoption
15:35 Back to office
17:16 CRE technology
19:50 Positive things to come
21:30 PropTech in 20 years
24:22 Investment advice
27:40 Tip for other companies
Hello everyone and welcome. I'm Heather Landy. I'm an Executive Editor with Quartz and Editor of Quartz at Work our edition all about the modern workplace. I'm here today with Cristian Ulbrich. He's the President and CEO of JLL which buys bills occupies and invests in a wide variety of assets including industrial commercial retail residential and hotel real estate question has been in leadership. for over a decade now, we're pleased to have him here with us today. Start the big picture. Will COVID-19 forever change commercial real estate.
well, I guess the biggest change the garage door real estate was actually technology coming into our life the internet and the ability to work from remote places and accelerator off that Trend which we have seen YouTube technology before Yeah, so, how are you? How are you handling that what is your plan for preparing for and managing for that acceleration in these trends? What Irene place opens he's quite important to note that people act team to get back into the office. I mean,
we recently surveyed 3,000 employees from the technology sector and over 65% of them said they really come to get back to the office. And so what we have to do for ourselves and for our client is a really safe and the welcoming environment because once people are getting back into the office after being blocked most of them looked at home
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