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HOK Promotes Yanko to Chief Financial Officer

Misty Yanko
Misty Yanko
ST. LOUIS, MO — HOK names Misty Yanko as its new Chief Financial Officer. Yanko, who joined HOK in 2008 and served as Corporate Controller since 2013, is the first CFO in HOK’s history to be promoted from within the firm. Based in St. Louis, she fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Terry Paterni. Yanko also has joined the firm’s board of directors. Brooke Richars, previously Assistant Controller, takes over as Controller.

Yanko’s promotion dovetails with HOK’s ongoing initiative to bolster diversity within its leadership team. She is one of three women in HOK’s C-Suite, joining Co-CEO Susan Klumpp Williams and Chief Legal Officer Lisa Green.

Women now comprise half of HOK’s employees and one-third of its board of directors. Earlier this year, the firm made other strides in making its leadership team more inclusive:

  • Marti Stubblefield, another promotion from within, became Director of HOK’s global human resources group.
  • Kimberly Dowdell assumed the role of Director of Strategic Relationships.
  • Ami Shah was named firmwide Health Education Practice Leader.

“We want to recognize and promote talent, regardless of gender,” Klumpp Williams said. “These recent appointments signify HOK’s dedication to diversity and inclusion and clearly show that the firm is taking concrete actions to ensure diversity is a reality. As we strive toward our 2025 diversity goals, it’s clear that we’re not just setting benchmarks. We’re surpassing them and continually raising the bar.”

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