Greg O’Brien: Connecting and learning in Davos

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Greg ObrienDay one of the actual Davos program, and it has been a diverse set of discussions and events.

We started off the day hosting clients and prospects at our JLL Davos Breakfast panel entitled “The Workplace Experience Matters.” The panel was kicked off by our Global CEO, Christian Ulbrich, and moderated by our Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Trish Maxson. The panelists included top leaders from KPMG, ManpowerGroup and McKinsey, all clients of JLL. It was a very active discussion around the changes in how we work and how physical space is changing to meet the needs of technology, flexibility, efficiency and collaboration. Interesting how aligned people are around the thought
leadership JLL has provided in this critical area.

I also attended a session on The Future of Health and Healthcare, a critical growing industry sector for JLL and our clients. As part of the panel, Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, spoke extensively about the importance of prevention in healthcare and in providing services for his clients. He was clearly a leading voice and the success of Kaiser came through for the entire audience.

The official kickoff speech was delivered by the Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Listening to the live translator, the speech’s many Western references were like those of an American President or European leader. Referring to the industrial revolution, he quoted Charles Dickens: “These are the best of times, these are the worst of times.” He then compared the global environment at that time to the digitalization and globalization of economies that characterize the current Fourth Industrial Revolution. After commenting that “no one will emerge a winner in a trade war,” he pledged a continued opening of the Chinese markets, which he stated will grow by 6.7% in 2017. A full 30% of world economic growth in recent years has been from China, and by this speech it appears China’s global leadership will continue to grow.

Our JLL contingent is meeting with many clients and prospective clients at Davos and it really is a great environment to connect and discuss issues and opportunities. Along with broad learning, we should see many relationships grow for JLL and our clients in the coming days.

Greg O’Brien
CEO, Americas