Queenan will advise JLL's corporate clients on efficiency and sustainability.

NEW YORK CITY-Jones Lang LaSalle announced Thursday it is increasing its bench strength with the addition of industry veteran John Queenan. Queenan joins JLL as SVP, where he will work with some of the world’s largest corporations to improve organizational effectiveness, operational excellence and environmental sustainability performance. 

Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Queenan served as the first head of environment and sustainability for the Americas region of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, where he established and oversaw the sustainability program for approximately 10 million square feet of real estate assets that encompassed more than 1,500 locations and served 23,000 employees. In this role, he focused on benchmarking, measuring and delivering environmental-footprint reductions across six key indicators: energy, travel, paper, waste, water and greenhouse gases, according to the announcement.

In addition, Queenan led a similar sustainability program for UBS and spent more than 10 years with international big four audit and consulting firms to develop, implement and validate corporate responsibility strategies and sustainability programs. In total, he has more than 15 years of experience designing and deploying environmental, supply chain, compliance, process improvement and change management programs for high-profile global organizations, particularly in the real estate, financial services, technology, consumer goods and retail sectors, the announcement states.

“John’s unique experience as both an in-house senior leader and as a big four consultant gives him a holistic perspective on how real estate can increase shareholder value through cost savings, sustainability and productivity,” says Peter Shannon, JLL’s managing director of strategic consulting, in the announcement. “John will leverage these real estate insights to help our corporate clients achieve their business goals and drive their triple bottom lines.”