Lendlease Executive Leadership Team Update

  • 6 Oct 2022
Lendlease Global Chief Executive Officer, Tony Lombardo, today announced Global Chief Operating Officer and CEO Americas, Denis Hickey has decided to leave the organisation after 10 years. Claire Johnston, currently Lendlease’s Managing Director Google Development Ventures will assume the position of CEO Americas effective November 1.

Joining the company in 2012 to lead the Australian development business, Denis relocated to New York in 2014 to reinvigorate the company’s extensive US operations.

Claire Johnston’s career with Lendlease spans 26 years, starting as a graduate in Australia.  She has worked across the business in multiple markets partnering with some of our largest customers, including the US Department of Defence running the military housing portfolio and more recently leading our development partnership with Google. 

Quotes attributable to Tony Lombardo, Global CEO and Managing Director:

Denis has played a significant role in transforming our US operations –particularly increasing the depth and quality of the US investment and development pipeline.   Under his leadership, the company has increased our US funds and assets under management to $16 billion and has created a development pipeline of more than $28 billion including the flagship development partnership with Google.  But even more importantly, his legacy will be defined by the strength and capability of the US leadership team.

“Recently, as we reset the company for growth, Denis assumed a broader role as the Global Chief Operating Officer to support resetting the operational rhythm of the business, including creating uniform processes, clearer lines of accountability and simplifying operations. With the heavy lifting around our reorganisation largely complete, I will be assuming those responsibilities as we move into the create phase.

“The company has greatly benefited from Denis’s expertise, and we thank him for the contribution he has made to the business over the last decade. Denis will actively support Claire through a transition period.

“Claire is a deeply credentialed and respected real estate leader with a proven track record of partnership and driving results at a global level.  She is a purpose driven leader with a long reputation for building and managing vibrant and effective teams and partnering with customers to develop mutual value.   I look forward to working with Claire more closely as she joins the global leadership team.”

For more information:

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Ben Brighouse
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Tom Reller
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