Former CEO of Gensler Joins Leading A/E Consultancy ZweigWhite as Chairman

Wayland, MA, July 14, 2010 --( ZweigWhite, the nation’s leader in enhancing business performance for the A/E industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Friedrichs as Chairman.

Ed is the former Chief Executive Officer of the one of the largest, most successful, and influential design firms in the world, Gensler, Architecture Design and Planning Worldwide. Ed joined Gensler when the firm had 20 employees and helped lead the transformation of Gensler to a firm with 2,400 professionals worldwide.

Ed is a sought after speaker on industry trends and the author of a respected A/E leadership text, Long-cycle Strategies for a Short-cycle World: Build Enduring Value in Your Enterprise, available at

In 2003, Ed formed Friedrichs Group where he guides the development of high performance organizations, focusing on strategy, culture, organizational issues, sales and marketing. He currently sits on the Boards of Glumac and Miyamoto International.

"I have worked with Ed Friedrichs on the boards of several A/E firms and have witnessed his amazing creativity and wisdom in action,” says Mark Zweig, founder of Mark Zweig & Associates in 1988, which later became ZweigWhite in 1991. “Ed was the CEO of the largest architectural firm in the world, Gensler. Getting him on board at ZweigWhite is a home run for our A/E firm clients and will help ensure that we stay intimately connected with the marketplace we have served for 22 years now."

“Ed’s philosophy of management is field tested and proven to work in good times and bad. His no-nonsense approach to building teams and executing on the strategic plan is must-have knowledge for any firm in the A/E space,” says Greg Lindberg, Chairman of Eli Global, the lead investor in ZweigWhite.

Along with the addition of Ed Friedrichs to the ZweigWhite team, Mark Zweig will expand his role with the company as Partner and Board Member to provide more of his matter-of-fact advice and effective management practice gospel to ZweigWhite’s audience. For the past 6 years, Mark has worked in principally a complementary role rather than in direct management.

"I am really excited to be back involved with ZweigWhite in a meaningful way. We will return to the principles that allowed us to be named twice to the Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing privately-held businesses and reestablish our leadership in providing management information and advice to help make our A/E/P and environmental firm clients more successful," says Zweig.

About ZweigWhite: ZweigWhite is the nation’s leader in enhancing business performance for architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms. The ZweigWhite team consists of experts in strategic business planning, business valuation, ownership transition, human resources management, finance and administration, mergers and acquisitions, market research, marketing, project management and project delivery methods who collectively produce a comprehensive suite of products and services, including newsletters, industry reports, executive training, business conferences, and advisory services covering virtually every aspect of firm management. The firm is headquartered in Wayland, MA, with additional offices in, Chicago, IL, Durham, NC, Fayetteville, AR and Washington, DC. The ownership of ZweigWhite are investors Eli Global and BIA Digital Partners, and management including Mssrs. Zweig and Friedrichs.

Pia Velasquez
Jeff Clark
Managing Director
ZweigWhite, LLC
2222 Sedwick Road
Durham, NC 27713
Tel: 1-919-931-9936