Dan Kernaghan
CEO, Australian and New Zealand
JLL
Dan Kernaghan

Dan Kernaghan is the CEO of JLL Australia and New Zealand – the region’s largest commercial property services firm and the first global property firm to establish in Australia.

Dan started his career in property in London in 2001, returning to Sydney in 2006 and joining JLL as an Office Leasing Executive.  He is a current group member of The Property Male Champions of Change. Dan is active at industry forums to promote the property industry and has served on the Property Council of Australia’s NSW Diversity & Inclusion Committee and participates as an Innovation Fund Partner for the Committee for Sydney.  He holds a Masters of Property Development from University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Macquarie University. 

An accomplished property leader across all asset classes, Dan has held a number of senior leadership roles since joining JLL 16 years ago in 2006.  He was appointed as Head of NSW Office Leasing in 2015 and then promoted to lead the NSW business operations as Managing Director in 2018.  His vision and entrepreneurial approach saw him lead record growth of JLL’s NSW operations.   

As a member of JLL’s Australian Executive Committee for the past four years, Dan has worked with the national leadership team on JLL’s growth strategy, including the diversification of the firm’s services and sectors across Australia and investment in its people and technology.  He has a strong track record in client service and leasing, particularly in relation to a number of high profile projects including Barangaroo South, Grosvenor Place and Chifley Tower.

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Dan Kernaghan is a Member of the Champions of Change Property Group established in 2015 in partnership with The Property Council of Australia. The Property group brings together senior leaders across the industry’s development and construction, investment, funds management and agency sectors. The group aims to achieve greater gender equality in the property industry and to increase the number of women in leadership roles.

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