REAL ESTATE

Google exec joins JLL as chief digital officer

BY Al Urbanski

A Silicon Valley veteran who helped develop Google Maps and Google Apps has joined JLL as its first chief digital product officer.

Vinay Goel, who held several product development and management positions during 11 years at Google, is tasked with the job of transforming the real estate industry through technology-based innovation, according to the CEO of JLL Corporate Solutions John Forrest.

“Vinay joining JLL is a game-changer for the corporate real estate industry,” said Forrest. “Technology is creating unprecedented opportunity for organizations to unlock significant latent potential in their corporate real estate portfolio.”

The company last year formed JLL Spark, a global division dedicated to identifying and delivering new technology-driven real estate service offerings. Goel will collaborate with the Spark team, which recently announced the creation of its $100 million Global Venture Fund for investment in companies innovating in “proptech.”

During 30 years in the technology industry, Goel also held management positions at Oracle, Intel, and CheckPoint Software.

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