JLL today announced that Dr Megan Walters has been promoted to lead JLL’s research function across Asia Pacific, effective 1 October. She takes over from Dr Jane Murray, who is leaving the firm after 18 years to pursue new opportunities.
Dr Walters joined JLL in 2010 as head of research, Asia Pacific Capital Markets. In this role she has been responsible for advising the firm’s investor clients and generating a wide range of publications on office, retail and industrial real estate trends in capital markets.
“I’m delighted to take on this new challenge and am looking forward to working more closely with our talented team of over 160 researchers across the region,” says Dr Walters. “Jane has done an incredible job of developing our research function into an authority in Asia Pacific and I am very fortunate to be taking on such a robust platform. I am looking forward to the opportunity to find new and innovative ways to continue to meet our clients’ needs in this increasingly data-driven and technology-enabled world.”
Dr Walters is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and holds a PhD from the University of Hong Kong in institutional economics of real estate. A member of JLL’s Global Research Executive, she will continue to keep a lead research role with the Capital Markets business and be based in Singapore.
“This appointment underlines JLL’s commitment to providing our clients with the best research in the industry,” says Anthony Couse, CEO, Asia Pacific, JLL. “I’d like to commend Jane for her outstanding service to the firm over many years. Her rigorous and forward-thinking approach has given us an enviable research platform. I’m confident that Megan is the right person to build on this strong base.”
Dr Murray joined JLL in Sydney in 1998 and in 2000 was appointed as head of research for Australia. In 2005, she moved to Hong Kong to take on the role of head of research for Asia Pacific. She has been instrumental in developing and expanding many of JLL’s signature research products, such as the Asia Pacific Property Digest and the subscription-based Real Estate Intelligence Service, as well as the firm’s bespoke research consulting services.
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