Chicago, IL – HLB Lighting Design, the largest independent lighting design firm globally, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Reo as Director, signaling the firm’s strategic commitment to expanding its presence in the Chicago market.

With a distinguished career within the architectural lighting design industry, Ann brings a wealth of experience and expertise to HLB, and her portfolio includes notable projects in various market sectors, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, United Airlines Terminal at O’Hare Airport, and Millennium Park in Chicago, IL. In 2002, she launched an LED-based commercial luminaire manufacturing company, pioneering the technology and receiving several patents for her designs. States HLB Senior Principal and CEO Carrie Hawley “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to join forces with Ann and bring her wealth of knowledge to our clients in the Chicago area and beyond. She possesses the skillset and strategic vision to bring our unmatched level of service to this market and we are confident in her ability to deliver exceptional results.”

Regarding her enthusiasm about joining HLB, Ann notes “I have a profound respect for HLB, its history and leadership, so when the opportunity arose to grow the firm’s presence in my hometown, I was eager to jump in. The opportunity to work on world-class projects with this team in conjunction with utilizing my passion for business development makes this a perfect fit.”

Joining Ann in the pursuit of growth in the Chicago market is HLB Senior Associate Julie Donovan. The team will work to support the broader strategic initiatives of the firm while pursuing developing opportunities. HLB believes that there is immense potential in this new market and that the firm is well-positioned to provide world-class design experiences with new and existing clients in the area.