Kelly M. Farrell

CallisonRTKL, the global architecture and urban design practice, has promoted Kelly M. Farrell to president and chief executive officer, succeeding Tim Neal, who officially steps down on Wednesday.

Farrell has more than 20 years of experience and has been with CallisonRTKL for 15 years, gradually earning positions of increasing responsibility and managing a diverse portfolio of projects. She joined CRTKL’s Los Angeles office in 2004 and has been based there since. She has served as the workplace global practice group leader and, more recently, executive vice president for projects and partnerships. She has been a member of the firm’s executive committee since 2016.

Farrell’s project work has included multi-family developments, mixed-use districts and workplace commissions.

“Kelly is a proven leader who brings a strong business sense and the ability to unite people under a common vision,” said Mary Ann Hopkins, group executive at Arcadis, the parent company of CallisonRTKL. “She is also a practitioner so she has a deep understanding of the industry and, most importantly, client requirements.”

“We need to continue to diversify our talent base and strengthen our profile in what is becoming a hypercharged business environment,” said Farrell. “The beating heart of any creative organization is the range and agility of its talent. That will be the battlefield for any ceo over the next few years.”

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