JLL announces leadership changes in Finland

Christian Hohenthal to succeed Tapani Piri as CEO of JLL Finland; Tero Lehtonen appointed as Chief Operating Officer

July 03, 2019

HELSINKI, July 3, 2019 – JLL has today announced that Christian Hohenthal has been appointed as CEO of JLL Finland to succeed Tapani Piri, who has stepped down.

Having joined JLL in 2006 in Stockholm, Hohenthal has built significant expertise in the Nordic real estate investment market. He relocated to Finland in 2008 and three years later became the Head of Capital Markets at JLL in Finland. He holds an extensive transaction record having led a number of complex deals in the Nordics real estate market. 

In this new role, Hohenthal will have overall leadership responsibility for JLL’s strategic direction and continued business growth in Finland. He will also continue in his current role as Head of Capital Markets in Finland.

Matthew Richards, EMEA Board sponsor for the Nordics and CEO Capital Markets, EMEA says: “Christian has a deep understanding of our business and clients in Finland. His market knowledge places him in an excellent position to lead the evolution of JLL, ensuring that we continue to put our clients and people first. I am very pleased that he is taking responsibility for the broader Finnish business, now as CEO.”

Christian Hohenthal, CEO, JLL Finland said: “JLL has a client-first offering and a strong market leading position in Finland. We continue to see steady demand from domestic and international investors who want access to capital and opportunities to diversify and enhance their real estate portfolios. I very much look forward to continue working with my colleagues and to offer them an exciting working environment in order to further develop our service offer, as well as ensuring clients the best- in-class service they expect from us across their real estate needs both in Finland and abroad.”

Matthew Richards commented: “Christian is the natural choice for this role, and we’re delighted that he has accepted this new opportunity. Christian’s familiarity and experience with our business and clients in Finland and internationally, along with his deep market knowledge and contacts, place him in an excellent position to lead the continued evolution of JLL Finland, and ensure that we continue to put our clients and people first.”

Tero Lehtonen takes the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) after more than ten years at JLL. He joined the company’s Valuation and Research team in 2006 and has been instrumental in positioning JLL’s advisory services as market leading. In his role as COO, Lehtonen will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Finnish business.

Commenting on the appointments, Matthew Richards said: “These strategic appointments are a further step towards the continued success and growth of JLL Finland. We take pride in the excellence of our work and the opportunities for personal growth we provide to our people, and these appointments are a testament to these principles. I am really excited to welcome Tero to this new role.”

Tapani Piri, Ex-Head of JLL Finland, said: “It has been an honour to serve JLL for the past 12 years. We have had tremendous success while growing into a market leading position and changing the dynamics of the advisory market in Finland. The thing I’m going to miss the most is the people, their passion, their high morale and their full commitment to client work. I wish all the best for JLL Finland and I’m proud to hand over the company to an excellent team going forward.”

JLL Finland offers Capital Markets, Valuations, Leasing, Retail Consulting and Project & Design Services to domestic clients and international investors in, and occupiers of, real estate in Finland.

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 91,000 as of March 31, 2019. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit jll.co.uk