JLL’s Christie Kelly stepping down as CFO

JLL announced that Christie Kelly has resigned as chief financial officer in order to pursue other opportunities. Chief administrative officer Trish Maxson will expand her remit to become interim CFO until a permanent successor is in place. The changes take immediate effect, with Kelly staying on with JLL until year-end to ensure a smooth transition.

“Christie can reflect with pride on her significant contribution over her five years with JLL,” said JLL CEO Christian Ulbrich. “She has guided the development of our strong and talented Finance and investor relations leadership teams who will now provide excellent advice and support to Trish Maxson as she steps into the interim CFO role.”

During Kelly’s tenure, JLL’s revenue doubled through organic growth and 70 acquisitions. Among other achievements, she oversaw sustained improvement in the company’s investment-grade balance sheet, steered major technology enhancements in the global finance platform and elevated the investor relations capability, notably with the appointment of Grace Chang in 2016 as investor relations director.

“We have strong, continued momentum across our business and we are on track to achieve record financial performance for Q3, and for 2018 overall,” Ulbrich said. “We are also making great progress in the implementation of our transformational Beyond strategic vision which will guide JLL’s long-term growth and success deep into the next decade. This is therefore an opportune time for Christie to hand on the CFO baton. She will leave JLL with our sincere thanks and warm wishes for continued success.”

Prior to joining JLL, Kelly served as executive vice president and CFO of Duke Realty Corporation. She previously held the position of senior vice president of the global real estate group of Lehman Brothers, following a 20-year tenure at GE in operational financial management positions. She earned a B.A. in economics from Bucknell University.

Maxson joined JLL in 2012 after stints at Merck & Co. as vice president, human resources and at Rohm and Haas Co., a former fortune 500 company since acquired by Dow Chemicals, where she held a variety of positions as a chemist before moving into human resources. Maxson holds a B.S. in chemistry from Michigan State University, a PhD in biophysical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in clinical psychology from The Fielding Graduate Institute.