Vinay Goel JLL

JLL hires ex-Google director

JLL has appointed former Google executive Vinay Goel as chief digital product officer to focus on new product development and innovation for clients.

Goel’s appointment “will ensure JLL clients have access to the best technology expertise and products in order to drive business transformation, integrate new technologies into their workplaces and use data-driven insights to derive new value from their real estate portfolios.”

Goel spent 11 years at Google and worked on Google Maps, Google Apps, Google Station and other high-profile products. Earlier in his career, he was country head of products for Google India and held product development and management roles at Oracle, Intel, CheckPoint Software and Silicon Valley startups. He said: “Technology is revolutionising the future of work and how employers attract and retain talent, which creates tremendous opportunity for our industry and the clients we serve. New areas such as AI, machine learning, blockchain and internet of things will have a profound effect on workspace decisions and operations. I look forward to helping shape that future.”

Global chief information officer Edward Wagoner will report to Goel, allowing the CIO to focus on the daily operation of the group, while Goel visits clients for insight and feedback on the tech they need.

“Vinay joining JLL is a game-changer for the corporate real estate industry,” said John Forrest, global and Americas CEO, JLL corporate solutions. “Technology is creating unprecedented opportunity for organisations to unlock significant latent potential in their corporate real estate portfolios. His 30-year track record of digital innovation leadership, combined with our incredible JLL team, will accelerate our ability to deliver products and insights that help clients drive business transformation.”

Goel’s newly created executive role marks the latest move in JLL’s mission to transform the real estate industry through technology-based innovation. Last year, JLL brought on two Silicon Valley veterans to launch JLL Spark, a global division dedicated to identifying and delivering new technology-driven real estate service offerings. Recently, JLL Spark announced the creation of its $100m Global Venture Fund for investment in companies innovating in proptech. Goel will collaborate with the JLL Spark team as well as the broader JLL organisation in his role.

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