Akshay Thakur, director, smart building program, EMEA, has joined a growing global team at JLL under the leadership of Darlene Pope, senior vice president and global practice lead.

Thakur will lead the JLL Smart Building Program in the EMEA region, helping companies implement integrated smart building solutions and develop Internet of Things (IoT) strategies to drive business value around operational efficiencies, business intelligence, and employee experience, health and wellness.
“Akshay brings an extremely valuable skill set around the implementation of IoT and smart building solutions, as well as global program expertise. We are excited that Akshay has joined the JLL team to lead our Smart Building Program in EMEA,” said Darlene. “This demonstrates JLL’s ongoing commitment and investment in attracting top talent and subject matter experts who can guide our global clients along their smart building journey.”
“In a world increasingly driven by data and innovation, it is more important than ever that we help our clients adapt their workspaces to 21st century needs,” added Samit Chopra, Head of Integrated Portfolio Services, EMEA. “We are really excited to have Akshay with us. His true understanding of the market will be key to strengthening our expertise in the region.”
Based in London, Thakur joins JLL after more than 16 years at Cisco Systems, where he most recently led business development for smart buildings in EMEAR and APAC regions.