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JLL Design Solutions Appoints Stephen Jay as Leader

He brings over 20 years of experience.




(PRESS RELEASE) COLUMBUS, OH — JLL announced that Managing Director Stephen Jay will lead Design Solutions, which is part of JLL Project and Development Services (PDS) and provides clients an end-to-end design consultancy that delivers innovative and effective spaces that propel client’s growth while enhancing global connectivity with JLL’s designers across the world. In this new role, Jay is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of this high-growth area of JLL.

Stephen Jay

Stephen Jay

“Stephen has been a long-time leader for Design Solutions and in this new role he’ll continue to broaden our design service offering and enhance global presence,” said Jaymie Gelino, chief operating officer, Project and Development Services, Americas, JLL. “We are excited that Stephen will continue to reimagine and transform how space can impact a client’s business with solutions that will enhance their brands, culture and performance.”

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Jay brings over 20 years of experience to the recently renamed Design Solutions group. He now leads a team of 150 design professionals in the Americas, overseeing workplace and multisite retail specialists in architecture, strategic design and marketing activation. Previously, Jay served as Managing Director of Experience Design, leading a team of 50 within Design Solutions (formerly Big Red Rooster). Prior to JLL, Jay led the North America business for global design consultancy, Fitch and design strategy consulting with RPA, an architecture, planning and retail design firm.

“I am excited to apply my experience to help grow Design Solutions as we continue to shape the future of our clients’ businesses by reimagining and transforming how space can positively impact people, brands and culture,” Jay added. “I’m looking forward to the work ahead and am excited to collaborate with my colleagues across Design Solutions and JLL.”

With Jay’s leadership, Design Solutions will increase global alignment and retail and workplace clients will benefit from Design Solutions’ extensive consumer and brand-led design experience. Part of PDS, Design Solutions offers a global full-service experience that consults, designs, manages and builds the client’s vision. Recently, Design Solutions was ranked No. 43 for Interior Design’s 2023 Top 100 Giants.


JLL Project and Development Services is a leader in the development, design, construction and branding of commercial real estate projects for the world’s most prominent corporations, educational institutions, public jurisdictions, healthcare organizations, industrial facilities, retailers, hotels, sports facilities and real estate owners. Ranked No. 1 Top Development Company by Modern Healthcare, No. 3 in Building Design + Construction’s 2019 Construction Management Giants survey and No. 2 on Engineering News-Record’s 2020 list of Top 50 Program Management Firms and No. 3 on their 2020 list of Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firms, JLL’s project management team comprises 6,800 project managers across 80 countries and is actively managing $99.4 billion under construction. Visit here to learn more.

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