Julia Simet and Jordan Goldstein will take on new roles as co-CEOs of Gensler in 2024, continuing to lead the global firm with design excellence and innovation at the forefront.
San Francisco — Gensler announced today that after nearly 20 years of leadership, Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins will transition from their roles as co-CEOs to become the firm’s first Global co-Chairs. As part of a planned succession strategy, Cohen and Hoskins welcome a new generation of collaborative leadership, naming Julia Simet and Jordan Goldstein as incoming co-CEOs to lead the firm’s day-to-day operations, effective January 1, 2024.
Goldstein and Simet each bring over 25 years of exceptional leadership to their new roles as co-CEOs. They currently serve as co-Firm Managing Principals, splitting responsibility for the firm’s U.S. and international regions. As co-CEOs, they will manage Gensler’s day-to-day operations across the firm’s 53 global offices and 33 practice areas, oversee more than 3,500 client relationships, promote a culture of diversity and inclusion for over 6,000 Gensler people globally, and maintain the highest level of innovation and design excellence.
“Diane and I are proud to continue the firm’s tradition of seamless leadership transitions as we move into our new roles as Global co-Chairs. Our co-leadership model has been pivotal in the success and organic growth of our firm. We welcome Jordan and Julia into their new positions with full confidence that this next chapter will be the greatest yet,” said Cohen. “Together, they will further Gensler’s legacy as a self-governing and self-sustaining firm using design to solve the complex challenges our clients face in a radically changing world.”
Gensler’s unique collaborative leadership model — with two leaders in most leadership positions across the firm — has helped drive innovation and diverse viewpoints for more than 20 years. This approach has propelled the firm’s growth to $2 billion in revenue and scaled its ability to take on complex design challenges with over 3,500 clients across the globe.
“Design has the power to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. With so much important work before us, this is exactly the right time for the next generation of Gensler leaders to guide the way forward,” said Hoskins. “The firm will be in great hands with Jordan and Julia at the helm, stewarding our people-first culture and honoring our clients with the highest levels of design excellence.”
“Andy and Diane’s co-leadership has ensured Gensler’s position as an industry leader,” said Simet. “Having worked with them hand-in-hand for more than two decades, I’m honored to continue our firm’s strategic vision, broaden our global impact, and lead our culture of connectivity into the next decade alongside Jordan.”
“Julia and I will continue to push the limits of visionary design, pursue net-zero projects, and maintain a careful focus on nurturing our global talent,” said Goldstein. “Andy and Diane’s mentorship has set the tone as we move into the firm’s next chapter, working in lockstep with our clients to solve the complex problems of tomorrow.”
As Gensler ushers in a new era of leadership, the firm remains dedicated to the relentless belief in the power of design to solve critical challenges and improve lives around the world.
Gensler is an employee-owned, global architecture, design, and planning firm with 53 locations and 6,000+ professionals networked across the Americas, Europe, Greater China, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. Founded in 1965, the firm works globally with more than 3,500 clients across 33 practice areas spanning the work, lifestyle, cities, and health sectors. We are guided by our mission to create a better world through the power of design, and the source of our strength is our people. By leveraging our diversity of ideas, our research and innovation, our shared values, and our One-Firm Firm culture, we are working seamlessly as a borderless firm in more than 100 countries and making the greatest impact on our communities as we continue to tackle the world’s challenges.