HOK Board Names Bill Hellmuth as Next CEO

Bill Hellmuth
Bill Hellmuth

Patrick MacLeamy remains as chairman, with the transition taking effect on April 19

HOK announced today that its group board, as part of its planned succession process, has unanimously selected Bill Hellmuth, AIA, as chief executive officer, effective April 19, 2016. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Hellmuth will collaborate with the group board to lead the firm’s design vision, business strategy and day-to-day management. He will continue in his role as HOK’s firm-wide president and design principal for projects in the Washington, D.C. area and worldwide.

Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, who is stepping down from his position as CEO, will continue to serve as chairman.

“After 49 years at HOK and 13 years as CEO, I am happy to step aside for Bill,” said MacLeamy. “He has demonstrated exceptional leadership, brings broad global experience and has a strong vision for our future.”

“Our group board is thankful for Patrick’s outstanding leadership and grateful that he will continue to offer guidance as chairman,” said Tom Robson, AIA, HOK’s chief operating officer. “He has put in place outstanding design leaders, a robust growth strategy and a talented management team. HOK is 100 percent employee-owned and, because of Patrick’s leadership, has the financial strength to take advantage of growth opportunities such as our recent acquisition of 360 Architecture.”

“I joined HOK 25 years ago because I wanted to be part of a firm that was positioned to do the best design work of its time,” said Hellmuth. “Our sweet spot is the intersection of design excellence and thought leadership, combining design leadership with expertise in specific markets and building types across the world. We are living in a global market in which design is the differentiator. With organizations of all types embracing the power of design to influence their success, it is an honor to have this opportunity to work with our people to achieve the design excellence that will define our future.”

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation. Engineering News Record‘s 2015 Top 500 Design Firms survey ranked HOK the #1 U.S. architecture/engineering firm.

With current projects in 75 countries, HOK has designed some of the world’s most important urban plans, buildings and interior environments. Current and recent projects include the 80-story Capital Market Authority Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the Porsche Cars North America Experience Center and Headquarters in Atlanta; the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) in Anaheim, California; Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta; the Francis Crick Institute in London; and the 74-story Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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