Gensler promotes Elizabeth Brink as co-CEO and Julia Simit as the firm’s first global talent officer

Gensler’s work model hinges on co-leadership at all levels of its vast leadership structure. This means that each of the firm’s 53 offices is co-led, and the firm at large is led by co-CEOs. In October, the office announced a shift in its leadership naming long-term Gensler co-CEOs Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins as global co-chairs and promoting Jordan Goldstein and Julia Simet to the level of co-CEOs. But now again the global firm has announced a few personnel changes: Elizabeth Brink will instead join Goldstein in the role of co-CEO while Simet assumes a newly created position: global talent officer.

The two co-CEOs will oversee the operations of the firm more largely, while still leading the practice in their respective offices. Continuing this co-leadership model, Washington, D.C.–based Goldstein remains co-managing director of the D.C. office in addition to the co-CEO role, just as the newly-appointed Brink will stay on in her role as Los Angeles’s co-managing director. Brink “will partner with Gensler’s clients and team members to make a meaningful positive impact on communities around the world,” Gensler told AN.  Brink has worked at Gensler for 20 years and proved herself as a workplace strategy expert.

“Gensler’s diverse creative community and truly global perspective allow us to drive meaningful impact in the built environment and beyond, shaping a brighter future for people everywhere,” Brink shared in a statement. “I am thrilled to be joining Jordan as co-CEO, partnering with the best clients and team in the business to create a better world through the power of design.”

Simet will step away from her role as co-CEO and in addition to supporting the firm’s business and work in Europe she will serve as Gensler’s first global talent officer. Through this new position Simet will “focus on growing and empowering the firm’s talent pipeline,” the firm said. Gensler said the role will allow Simet to pursue her interest in expanding the talent pool at the firm.

“As Gensler’s first global talent officer, I am eager to lean into our clients’ needs by focusing on building the diverse pipeline of professionals that drives our success,” Simet added. “This strategic shift is about growing and developing a global workforce as inspired, dynamic, and forward-thinking as the clients we serve and the spaces we design.”

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