Lisa Woodruff

Executive Vice President, Central and East Territory Lead (USA), Global Head of Retail
I’m honoured to work with talented and dedicated teams throughout our business, both in the USA and across the globe.
Lisa Woodruff
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As a Territory Lead, I steer and support our Central and East USA teams in driving our business forward and achieving the best possible outcomes for our people, our clients and our business. I am focused on adding value to our clients through consistent delivery of high-quality work, facilitating positive collaboration across our region and wider global business, and developing solutions that support our clients’ business objectives.

I earned my architectural studies degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and became a Registered Architect in 2007. Prior to joining Turner & Townsend, I established and led a consulting company, providing design, project management and strategic consulting services to clients across the USA and Canada.

Throughout my career, I’ve worked as an architect, project manager and programme manager for multiple types of client, including corporations, developers and end users. Since joining Turner & Townsend in 2011, I have served in roles at various levels, including Commission Manager, Cost Centre Leader, Regional Key Client Lead, Global Key Client Lead and Territory Leader. 

Q. What attracted you to join Turner & Townsend?

A. I learnt of Turner & Townsend when I was working as the local architect of record for a Nissan dealership, where I met several Turner & Townsend project managers. The professionalism of the Turner & Townsend people, the breadth of our industry leadership and the opportunity for growth and career development were all attractive features that led me into the company. 

Q. How has your career at Turner & Townsend developed?

A. In my initial role, I managed the electric vehicle facility readiness programme for Nissan North America. Over the last twelve years, I held various roles within the Nissan commission, including USA Programme Manager and Regional Key Client Lead, and have served as Cost Centere Leader for our Nashville and Houston Hub offices. I now serve as our Global Head of Retail, our Central and East Territory Lead in the USA and the Global Key Account Lead for Ford.

Q. What do you most enjoy most about working at Turner & Townsend?

A. I enjoy interacting with our people at all levels and all around the world. Having the opportunity to travel extensively, I enjoy learning about new cultures and sharing knowledge across our business. I also feel that there is a genuine desire by our people everywhere to help each other succeed. This feeling of support creates a collaborative and trusted environment that helps us to achieve even greater outcomes for our people and our clients.

Q. Which project are you most proud of being involved in at Turner & Townsend?

A. I am most proud of my work on the Nissan Retail Programme. Our team has helped Nissan roll out multiple brand images to thousands of Nissan and Infiniti dealerships across North America over the past 23 years. On the back of our team’s outstanding work in North America, we grew our relationship with Nissan to a global level and are now delivering projects for Nissan across the globe, as one of our top global key clients.

Q. How do you see your career progressing at Turner & Townsend?

A. As our USA Board Sponsor for Corporate Responsibility, I am committed to making a difference in our communities and helping young people gain exposure to our industry. I serve on the ACE Mentors of America National and Nashville Advisory Committees, helping to drive positive change across the organisations and create opportunities for ACE students. I also serve on the Nashville YMCA Property Committee and am a Board Member for Matthew 25, a local organisation that provides transitional housing and rehabilitation for homeless veterans in the Nashville area.

Career highlights

  1. Promoted to Executive Vice President / Territory Lead

  2. Appointed Global Head of Retail

  3. Appointed Nashville Cost Centre Leader

  4. Joined Turner & Townsend

  5. Qualified for Architectural licence