News release

JLL names Dan Kernaghan as CEO for Australia & New Zealand

Highly regarded property leader with more than 20 years’ experience to lead the firm’s operations

April 06, 2022

Tracey Annear

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AUSTRALIA, 6 April 2022 – Global real estate services firm, JLL has appointed Dan Kernaghan to lead the firm’s Australian and New Zealand business as Chief Executive Officer. He takes over the role from Stephen Conry, who announced in January that he will retire from JLL this year after 13 years as CEO.

An accomplished property leader, Dan has held a number of senior leadership roles since joining JLL 16 years ago in 2006. He was appointed as Head of NSW Office Leasing in 2015 and then promoted to lead the NSW business operations as Managing Director in 2018. His vision and entrepreneurial approach saw him lead record growth of JLL’s NSW operations.

As a member of JLL’s Australian Executive Committee for the past four years, Dan has worked with the national leadership team on JLL’s growth strategy, including the diversification of the firm’s services and sectors across Australia and investment in its people and technology. He has a strong track record in client service and leasing, particularly in relation to a number of high profile projects including Barangaroo South, Grosvenor Place and Chifley Tower.

Anthony Couse, CEO, JLL Asia Pacific said: “Dan is a homegrown JLL talent and I’m delighted that he will be leading one of our most important markets globally. He has extensive industry experience, representing high profile international and domestic real estate owners, and working on some of the most significant leasing transactions in Australia. He has an exceptional track record of delivering results for clients, and in leading high performance teams.

“Though sad to see Stephen Conry leave after an incredible 40-year career with JLL, we are grateful for his immense contribution during that time. He has helped nurture a highly talented group of leaders in Australia and New Zealand and I’m confident Dan will help drive even greater growth and connectivity across the whole business,” said Mr Couse.

Speaking on his appointment, incoming CEO Dan Kernaghan said, “Building on a platform of consecutive strong growth over a decade, I’m honoured to lead the Australia and New Zealand business into the next phase of expansion.

“Our strong and diverse client base will continue to be the focus for the firm, delivering the best-in-class services JLL is well known for in the market. 

“JLL’s diversified business platform, combining both transactional and annuity contract revenues, puts us in a strong position to navigate economic and market conditions. This, combined with JLL’s incredible talent of people who provide property market expertise across diverse sectors of commercial property, is what leads to our success as a firm.

“I look forward to leading and working with a great team that makes JLL the market leader it is and building on our proud history of more than 60 years in the Australian market,” said Mr Kernaghan.

Dan started his career in property in London in 2001, returning to Sydney in 2006 and joining JLL as an Office Leasing Executive. He is active at industry forums to promote the property industry and has served on the Property Council of Australia’s NSW Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He holds a Masters of Property Development from University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Macquarie University. 

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $19.4 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 98,000 as of December 31, 2021. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit