HLB Lighting, one of the world’s leading lighting design firms, has announced that Barbara Horton, senior principal and Co-Chief Executive Officer has retired after a 41-year career with the firm. She will be succeeded by Senior Principal Carrie Hawley, who will assume the role of sole CEO following Horton’s retirement.
For the past 40 years, Horton has served as a leader and mentor to HLB staff and the greater industry. During her tenure, HLB grew to 15 principals/owners, with over 90 team members located in seven offices across North America, serving clients world-wide. She has guided the firm through a successful ownership transition, its first acquisition, and created a culture of design excellence with a focus on the business of design. She has been working side-by-side with firm leadership and co-CEO Hawley for the past year in preparation for her retirement.
In her new role as CEO, Hawley brings 25 years of lighting design expertise and leadership at HLB, with a portfolio of award-winning projects with renowned clients both nationally and internationally. “I am humbled and excited to take on this responsibility and step into the enormous shoes that Barbara has filled as CEO for the past 29 years,” says Hawley.