David Gensler

Former Co-CEO, COO, Board Director, Gensler
Sebastopol, CA and Pacific Palisades, CA

DGenslerDavid Gensler spent the last 10 years as Co-CEO of Gensler, the largest design firm in the world with 46 offices in 16 countries. Gensler provides architecture, design, planning and consulting services to over 2,500 clients. As CEO, he was responsible for the firm’s operational infrastructure, including marketing communication, public relations and human resources, legal, applications development, and technology. David also had oversight responsibility for the firm’s EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), as well as Asian and South American practices.

During his 23 year career at Gensler, David helped grow the company from 500 people with $60M of revenue to over 5,000 people with $1.1B of revenue. He led the firm’s consulting practice, started the firm’s information solutions practice, was a Regional Managing Principal of EMEA, was the Chief Operating Officer and served on Gensler’s Board of Directors for 12 years.

Prior to his career at Gensler, David worked across a number of fields including financial services at Morgan Stanley and the Pacific Stock Exchange, technology at Microsoft and Datis Corp. and management consulting at Edgar, Dunn and Company.

Currently David manages a vineyard in Sonoma County and is involved in two co-working companies as a Board Director of NextSpace, Inc. and a Board of Advisor for RocketSpace, Inc. He has been actively involved in a number of civic organizations including the Cornell College of Art, Architecture and Planning, the Cornell School of Human Ecology and Junior Achievement of Southern California.

David holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University. He is an active athlete, lives in California with his wife Alisoun and has four adult daughters.