Laura Vallis
Laura Vallis

Jones Lang LaSalle, the $19.4B real estate and investment firm, has hired Laura Vallis as head of communications.

As of April 3, Vallis will handle outreach to the Chicago-based firm’s employee, partner and external audiences.

She will be based in New York and report to CMO Siddharth Taparia.

Vallis has more than 20 years of PR experience. She was the first CCO at Manulife, where she established an integrated global communications function for the insurance giant.

She also served as managing director and global head of corporate communications at Barclays’ corporate & investment bank; chief of staff to the president of Dow Jones and in various corporate affairs jobs at AB InBev.

Taparia said Vallis’ extensive experience will help JLL shape the narrative for its new “See a Brighter Way” brand promise.

“Her proven forward-looking thinking will support us in differentiating the JLL story in the market, from our technology ambition and sustainability efforts to our industry expertise,” he said.