By Joshua Burd
JLL has hired Christopher Perruna as a senior vice president to oversee its project and development services team in New Jersey, the real estate services firm announced.
Perruna will take over supervision of the group from Jerry Sullivan, senior vice president, as Sullivan transitions to a new role that allows him to be more directly involved with clients by actively leading projects, teams and assignments, JLL said in a news release. Sullivan will continue to lead JLL’s workplace efforts across the region, developing client relationships and new business.
Perruna, 38, has more than 16 years of experience in project and development services, primarily as an architect, owner’s representative and project manager, JLL said. He has managed a variety of interior commercial and build-to-suit projects totaling about 3 million square feet, with a combined value of some $700 million.
He has worked with clients in industries such as pharmaceutical, medical/health care, financial, law, private equity, insurance and media.
“Chris Perruna has completed complex assignments throughout the New York metropolitan region for major corporate clients across a wide range of industries,” George Ladyman, international director and Northeast regional manager for JLL’s project and development services group, said in a prepared statement. “His extensive experience in project and cost management, along with his tremendous leadership qualities will be crucial to the continued expansion of JLL’s project and development services platform in New Jersey.”
Prior to joining JLL, Perruna served as director of project management with Gardiner & Theobald LLP, where he oversaw project and cost management services within the construction industry, the news release said. In that role, Perruna managed a major pharmaceutical corporation’s multiyear expansion, which involved the construction and renovation of more than 350,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.
He also supervised the relocation of a global insurance company’s headquarters that included a 185,000-square-foot, built-to-suit office property.
Previously, he was an associate architect with K. Hovnanian Homes, managing a team of associates producing construction documents, budgets and custom options. Before that, he was an architectural designer with Walter Sedovic Architects.
Perruna earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Hartford, JLL said. He is a licensed real estate agent in the state of New Jersey.