SAN FRANCISCO – March 17, 2017 – Gensler, a global design firm, announced the promotion of Jill Nickels and Clark Sept as Principals in its San Francisco office. The appointments recognize each individual’s outstanding leadership attributes and significant contributions to the firm’s success.
“We’re thrilled to appoint Jill and Clark,” said Scott Dunlap, Regional Managing Principal of Gensler’s Northwest Region. “Principals are essential to the growth and success of the firm and we’re confident that the appointments in our office will to not only be instrumental to our success, but the success of our clients.”
A trained photographer, athlete and adventurer, Jill brings a fresh eye to positioning lifestyle brands with a strong voice and point of view. She has focused her 20-year career on translating strategic goals into design solutions that spark devotion among consumers. With roots in the Midwest and a global spirit, Jill leads a diverse client base including brands such as b8ta, AAA, Timbuk 2 and Brooks in balancing market-driven needs with creative expression. As of 2016 she has served as Gensler’s Northwest regional retail practice area leader, a testament to her deep experience with the demands of the contemporary retail environment. She regularly speaks and blogs on retail trends and choreographing the cross-channel customer experience. Jill holds a BFA with Honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
A proven leader in the field of workplace and real estate consulting, Clark has extensive experience working with public and private sector clients to realize progressive workplace strategies and effective change management programs. He leads a San Francisco-based group of researchers, analysts and strategists with a highly diverse portfolio of clients including Accenture, Microsoft, Pacific Gas and Electric, Silicon Schools, Bare Minerals, Roche, Palo Alto Networks and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. A skilled consensus builder, Clark has helped numerous organizations adapt successfully to changes in their work environment from the employee experience perspective as well as the workplace delivery and support perspective, helping to drive integrative approaches which link real estate, facilities, information technology, records management, and human resources supports. His work includes guiding the development of policies encompassing nearly all aspects of workplace, including new ways of working, mobility, telework, change management, project planning, and delivery. Clark is a frequent speaker at events including CoreNet and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Executive Education programs. Clark holds a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley.
Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 47 locations and more than 5,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work and play more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful.