Craig Hean, who in 2013 succeeded Mark Bradford as Managing Director of JLL South Africa, will now take the additional newly created role of Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, which includes an overview of JLL’s hub office operations in Lagos, Nigeria, covering western Africa, and Nairobi, Kenya, covering eastern Africa.

Mark Bradford has announced his plans to step down as Chairman of JLL Sub-Saharan Africa after having overseen the expansion of JLL across the Sub-Saharan region and made a huge contribution to JLL’s broader Africa 2020 business development strategy.

After an impressive 30 year career in real estate, Bradford has decided to that the time is right to pursue long-held interests outside of the sector, while continuing to offer his valued advice and counsel to the ongoing development of JLL’s business in Africa. Bradford, who co-founded and led Bradford McCormack & Associates, the Johannesburg-based company which JLL acquired in 2011, has become a well-known and highly respected figure in the industry.

Vincent Lottefier, JLL’s EMEA Management Board sponsor for Africa, said, “We are very grateful for Mark Bradford’s wide ranging contribution to JLL and our expansion into Sub-Saharan Africa. We wish him every success in the future.”

Mark Bradford, Chairman: Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL, said, “It has been a great privilege to have led JLL’s efforts in developing its foundation in Sub-Saharan Africa. I have every confidence in Craig Hean to take on this additional leadership responsibility, supported by a strong Executive Committee, consolidating JLL’s focus on its rapidly growing South Africa business and the wider Sub-Saharan region.”

JLL South Africa recorded strong revenue and profit growth in 2015, a year in which it successfully introduced new services to the country, including Tétris design and build, and Hotels & Hospitality. The year was rounded off with the acquisition of Trussard Property Consultants, adding new strength and depth to the company’s leasing and investment capabilities, particularly in the Johannesburg market.

Craig Hean, Managing Director: South Africa, adds, “This is an exciting time for JLL across the Sub-Saharan region as we continue our long-term business development strategy driven by increasing demand from local and international clients. I am honoured by this opportunity and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”