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JLL Makes Leadership Changes to Hotels Group

JLL named Gilda Perez-Alvarado CEO of the firm’s Americas Hotels & Hospitality Group. Senior Managing Directors Jeffrey Davis and John Strauss have also been promoted to co-lead Americas Hotel Capital Markets.

NY-based Perez-Alvarado will lead investment sales, debt and equity placement, strategic advisory and asset management. She will also maintain leadership of the Global Hotel Desk, which focuses on facilitating cross-border transactions, and will continue global advisory work for JLL’s Capital Markets.

Perez-Alvarado brings 16 years of hotel industry experience, including 14 years with JLL. She most recently served as a Managing Director focused on full-service global investment sales, and managed high-profile transactions

Davis and Strauss will be responsible for overseeing investment sales and debt and equity placement across the Americas. Davis is based in New York, and leads full-service investment sales in the Mid-Atlantic region. Strauss is based in Los Angeles, and leads full-service investment sales in the Western half of the U.S., including Hawaii.

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