LEO A DALY, the global planning, architecture, engineering and interiors firm, has announced that John Somerville joined the firm as its next chief operations officer. After a transition period, he will take over for current COO John Kraskiewicz to provide leadership and vision across operations, strategic planning, and talent development for LEO A DALY worldwide. He is based out of the firm’s Los Angeles studio.
Somerville brings over 25 years of experience in design, operations, growth, and client and business development within the planning, design, and consulting practices. He is recognized for his dynamic leadership skills and ability to develop teams across all phases of programs, projects, and pursuits to exceed client and organizational goals and objectives. He has a successful track record of leading large, complex and key programs and pursuits across multiple market sectors through a holistic and comprehensive framework. He is passionate about client development, and design excellence and innovation, utilizing a multidisciplinary collaborative approach.
Somerville joins LEO A DALY from AECOM, where he was senior vice president and practice director for the Buildings + Places business line. In this role, he led strategy, business development, growth and performance across the government market sector. Additional focus areas included expanding and integrating multidisciplinary services for design-build and disaster relief response programs, growing the government design portfolio across the globe, managing client accounts, and leading collaborative efforts with multiple teams on strategic pursuits.
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