Jean Kane is a visionary CEO, experienced Board Director, and progressive thought-leader best known for driving enterprise-wide business transformations that propel shareholder value. She leverages her entrepreneurial spirit, keen financial acumen, and disciplined but empathetic leadership to create innovative strategies and a workplace culture that ignites team engagement and superior performance. Throughout her career, Jean has delivered exceptional profit, growth, and operating performance in both mature and emerging business. She has extensive experience leading across multiple ownership structures to include joint ventures, public, privately held, and private equity-backed companies in all areas of Commercial Real Estate.
Ms. Kane is the former CEO of Colliers International-Minneapolis/St. Paul, the Minnesota business unit of Colliers International Group Inc. (Nasdaq:CIGI) (TSX:CIGI), a global $3.5B professional services and investment management firm. In 2017, as CEO of the predecessor company, Jean architected and led all aspects of the sale to Colliers, retaining a minority ownership interest while balancing interests of a founding principal, third-party shareholders, private equity interest, and lenders. She led the business transformation from a $100M private enterprise to a publicly-traded company. Under her leadership, the business was consistently ranked one of Minnesota’s top 3 brokerage and real estate management firms.
Previously, Ms. Kane was CEO of Welsh Companies, a privately held, leading full-service commercial real estate services firm operating throughout Minnesota. In 2012, Jean led a spin-off and recapitalization of the 270-person third-party services firm from the parent company. After closing the transaction, Ms. Kane leveraged her increased ownership to secure woman-owned business WBENC certification. In 2016, the company was recognized with a #1 Best Places to Work Award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in the large company category.
Ms. Kane has a long history of private company and non-profit board service. A recognized industry trailblazer, as Board Chair for National NAIOP, a 17,000-member real estate trade association, Ms. Kane led a national strategic initiative to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity across the Commercial Real Estate industry. Currently, she serves on the board of Children’s Minnesota Hospital & Clinics and is a member of the Audit and Compliance committee. She also serves on the MN Chamber of Commerce Board and on their Economic Advisory Council, and is a Board Member of The MN Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Ms. Kane is an authentic leader, independent thinker, and collaborative relationship builder. Her colleagues value her curious nature, keen financial and business insight, sound judgment, and aptitude at zeroing in on critical business drivers to accelerate growth. Jean is skilled at engaging key stakeholders in vibrant discussions around strategic decisions. Her direct and positive style engenders confidence and inspires others to achieve bold goals.