Jones Lang LaSalle EMEA Research
As the curtain drew on my first Global CoreNet summit in London I again reflected on the mood. I was impressed by the truly international nature of the Corporate real estate community that gathered in London. With such a range of representatives from the four corners of the globe – I sensed a pragmatic view of the mixture of challenges and opportunities facing corporate real estate teams as we edge towards 2013.
Change was a constant theme, as was adaptation. Rick Bertasi of Deutsche Bank and Martin Warlow started the trend with their insightful discussion of the extreme makeover CRE has seen at Deutsche Bank. Tom Donatelli at Pfizer gave a thought-provoking talk on balancing financial and strategic objectives in the Life Sciences sector. And Shelley Frost facilitated a lively and engaging session on the growing impact of procurement in CRE partner selection. It seems change will once again be the only constant for CRE teams as we move into the coming year.
The weird and wonderful highlight? Watching two unnamed female colleagues swoon at the sight (and aggressively seek a closer view) of Pierce Brosnan filming on the river bank opposite the event venue – a James Bond moment to cap an excellent summit in London.