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New Leaders of Retail Group, JLL Russia & CIS

​​​Moscow​, 21 December, 2016 – JLL has announced key appointments in its Retail Group to further strengthen its leadership in Moscow, regions as well as CIS countries. Ekaterina Zemskaya joined JLL as Regional Director, Head of Retail Group, and Polina Zhilkina appointed National Director, Head of Retail Advisory.

Ekaterina Zemskaya has over 12 years of experience in the retail real estate market. In 2004-2012, she worked for JLL as National Director, Head of Shopping Centres Leasing, and successfully completed a number of award-winning large-scale projects in Moscow and other regions, e.g. Galeria and Leto malls in St. Petersburg, Royal Park in Novosibirsk, Aura in Surgut, and MoreMall in Sochi. Since the end of 2012, as Partner at Cushman & Wakefield, she led many successful projects among which Metropolis (phase II), Oceania, Horosho! and Vodny in Moscow, TAU Gallery in Saratov, Kristall and City Mall in Tyumen.

Ekaterina works with large development and investment companies, for instance, ENKA TC, Hines, Capital Partners, TPS Real Estate, ADG Group, and Immofinanz.

Polina Zhilkina has 16 years of experience in commercial real estate market. Polina started career in real estate consulting in 2000 at JLL. During her first tenure at JLL, she worked on key retail real estate projects in Moscow including Atrium, Schuka, Metropolis, and EuroPark, etc. In 2007-2012, she led research and concept development in ADG Group and PPF Real Estate Russia, being in charge of mall project insights and marketing in various regions of Russia. Late 2012 to early 2016, Polina worked for CBRE as the Head of Strategic Consulting, leading the advisory business for projects across all real estate sectors. Lately, she was the Head of Retail Advisory at Cushman & Wakefield.

Polina’s portfolio includes large Russian and international companies, including PPF Real Estate Russia, Immofinanz, Basel, Metro Group, IKON, ADG Group, FSK Lider, Nordstar Development, and Domodedovo Airport.

Tom Devonshire-Griffin, Managing Director, JLL, Russia & CIS, comments: “The retail market in Russia is changing now, and its transformation calls for thinking out of the box and being as innovative as developers and consultants possibly can. We also see the start of a new retail cycle, with new opportunities within development and new challenges on the existing stock. To satisfy our clients’ needs perfectly, we continue investing in our team and attracting the market’s best professionals, bringing along their vast practical expertise in successful projects as well as their perfect reputation. We are delighted to welcome back to JLL the market’s renowned experts, Ekaterina Zemskaya and Polina Zhilkina, and we are positive that the new leaders of Retail Group will enable us to strengthen our leadership in the segment, expanding our portfolio of exclusive projects and offering our customers the most efficient solutions. JLL is the only consultant in Russia & CIS providing the full-cycle services in the retail market, and we are the clients’ one-stop shop solution covering all their retail needs.”

JLL Retail team is most prominent in the market and is represented by 32 specialists in Retail Group and 200 people in Retail Property Management. It offers the widest range of services to cover the whole cycle of investment and development projects. The team includes specialists in concept development, marketing and leasing, street retail, tenant representation, property & facility management, corporate finance and investment sales. JLL Retail experts work in JLL offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev and Astana, covering all regions of Russia as well as Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other CIS states.

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with, as of December 31, 2015, revenue of $6.0 billion and fee revenue of $5.2 billion, more than 280 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 70,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. As of September 30, 2016, its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $59.7 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.

In Russia and CIS JLL has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. JLL, Russia & CIS was voted Consultant of the Year in 2004, 2006-2016 at the Commercial Real Estate Awards, Moscow; Consultant of the Year at the Commercial Real Estate Awards 2009, 2016, St. Petersburg; Consultant of the Year at the RCSC Awards in 2015, and The Best Real Estate Consultancy in Ukraine at the Ukrainian Property Awards in 2013.