Paul Martinkovic, Chief Executive Officer of JERDE (The Jerde Partnership), iconic and internationally renowned architecture and urban planning studio headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles, has been named one of the 500 Most Influential People in the County by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
As described by Los Angeles Business Journal publisher and CEO Josh Schimmels, “For five years, the Business Journal has researched, identified, and highlighted the most influential, most powerful, and most impactful business professionals in the region. Each year, our editors have the extraordinary task of profiling these dynamic leaders who are driving innovation, creativity, community, and industry.” Other people named to the list include Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, LeBron James, Steven Spielberg, Steve Ballmer, Bob Iger, Magic Johnson, Rupert Murdoch, Smith Carter “Jay-Z”, Wolfgang Puck, Ted Serandos, Ellen DeGeneres and more.
JERDE has designed mixed-use and retail destinations throughout the world including such iconic places as Santa Monica Place, Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Mall of America in Minnesota, Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, Pacific City in Huntington Beach as well as Langham Place in Hong Kong, Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, and Kanyon in Istanbul.
“Paul has been instrumental in the expansion of our business both at home and abroad, leading the firm to its most profitable years ever,” said John Simones, Chairman of JERDE. “On behalf of our shareholders, executives, and staff, we offer a well-deserved ‘congratulations’ to Paul for this tremendous honor.”
Martinkovic was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2018. He manages the day-to-day leadership of the company and all business affairs. He joined the firm in 1990 and previously served as Chief Financial Officer while also overseeing JERDE’s global business development and marketing efforts. Under Martinkovic’s leadership, JERDE has opened numerous foreign offices, expanding the firm’s global reach, and also seamlessly transitioned the firms’ headquarters to an award-winning space in Downtown Los Angeles.
“It is a great honor for me to be named to this very prestigious list alongside many people that I admire greatly. I see this as validation of our firm’s work creating memorable places in Southern California and around the world,” Martinkovic said.
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