JLL announced the appointment of former Google executive Vinay Goel as its chief digital product officer, reinforcing the company’s position as the digital leader in corporate real estate. JLL created this new role to oversee delivery of innovative technology solutions to enhance clients’ business performance.
Goel brings a blue-chip Silicon Valley track record to JLL. He served in global product leadership roles at Google—including Google Maps, Google Apps, Google Station and other high-profile products during his 11-year tenure. Earlier in his career, he was country head of products for Google India and held product development and management roles at companies including Oracle, Intel, Check Point Software and Silicon Valley startups. Goel graduated with a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.
“Vinay joining JLL is a game-changer for the corporate real estate industry,” said John Forrest, global and Americas CEO, JLL corporate solutions. “Technology is creating unprecedented opportunity for organizations to unlock significant latent potential in their corporate real estate portfolios. His 30-year track record of digital innovation leadership, combined with our incredible JLL team, will accelerate our ability to deliver products and insights that help clients drive business transformation.”
Goel’s newly created executive role marks the latest move in JLL’s mission to transform the real estate industry through technology-based innovation. Last year, JLL brought on two Silicon Valley veterans to launch JLL Spark, a global division dedicated to identifying and delivering new technology-driven real estate service offerings. Recently, JLL Spark announced the creation of its $100 million Global Venture Fund for investment in companies innovating in proptech. Goel will collaborate with the JLL Spark team as well as the broader JLL organization in his role.
“I am excited to join JLL at such a transformative time for the company and for the industry,” said Goel. “Technology is revolutionizing the future of work and how employers attract and retain talent, which creates tremendous opportunity for our industry and the clients we serve. New areas such as AI, machine learning, blockchain and internet of things will have a profound effect on workspace decisions and operations. I look forward to helping shape that future.”