To support its growing presence in the region, JLL has appointed Phil Batty its new head of integrated facilities management (IFM) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In an announcement yesterday, the real estate services firm indicated that Batty will oversee strategy, operations and new business development for IFM in MENA from Dubai.
The IFM team proactively measures and manages building performance on behalf of corporate clients as well as maximizes the efficiency of real estate staff, optimizes operational spend through strategic sourcing and cuts building energy costs by lowering consumption.
“We are delighted that Phil is joining our team to head IFM for the MENA region,” said Alan Robertson, CEO of JLL, of the appointment. “Phil has many years of valuable experience and a wealth of market knowledge having been involved in a significant number of high profile and complex projects throughout the region.
“He will play a substantial role in the development and expansion of our operations in alignment with the company’s strategic plan and I know that his appointment will greatly benefit our many clients across the region with the wealth of knowledge he brings.”
With almost 40 years of experience, Batty has a resume that includes senior operational positions at companies such as Emaar Properties and Johnson Controls and stints managing major assets such as Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building in the world, and Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall.
“As our business continues to grow and our footprint widens across the region, it is necessary to recruit someone of Phil’s caliber to help further develop our presence across MENA,” said Magnus Akerberg, managing director, EMEA IFM, JLL.
“There is similarity between the services required by our property management investor clients and those provided to our corporate facilities management clients, as well as a growing demand for high quality facilities management advisory,” added Robertson. “Our joint facility/property management offering will be significantly strengthened by Phil’s involvement.”