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CHICAGO-Cedric Thurman was appointed this week as the chief diversity officer for Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. North America region. Thurman was appointed to the newly created position to advance diversity and inclusion for Jones Lang LaSalle in the US and Canada. He has worked for Jones Lang LaSalle since 2000 and had served as senior vice president in the accounts group of the firm’s Chicago office.

As chief diversity officer, “Thurman will be responsible for creating and implementing a long-term strategic plan that will define, assess, nurture and cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusion. He will be responsible for designing and implementing programs to increase the diversity of individuals, retained, developed and promoted in the firm,” according to a released statement. Thurman was out of town and was not available for comment.

“Diversity is a business imperative for Jones Lang LaSalle and we aim to foster an environment that promotes inclusion and reflects the diverse world in which we live and work,” says Peter Roberts, chief executive officer of the Americas, in a released statement. “Cedric’s energy, commitment and insight will help Jones Lang LaSalle become an even more diverse workplace that reflects our increasingly diverse client base.”

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