Wednesday, May 30, 2007

LVEDC CEO selection committee named

A nine-member selection committee consisting of three elected officials; five LVEDC board members and an outside corporate leader have been named to review more than 70 resumes received for the vacant chief executive officer’s position.

James Bartholomew of Embassy Bank, who also serves as treasurer for LVEDC, will chair the committee.

The panel will meet shortly to develop a review and selection process

“We will be looking for the right chemistry as well as the necessary qualifications for a new president and chief executive officer so that we find a candidate who will take as much pride in this organization and this Lehigh Valley as the staff and board of directors already do,” said interim President and chief Executive Officer Bob Weed, who will serve on the selection committee.

Other members include Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham, Northampton County Executive John Stoffa, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, LVEDC Vice Chair Dan Reavy of Verizon, Real Estate Committee Chair Richard Thulin of Arcadia Properties, new Board member Jane Keating of Lafayette-Ambassador Bank, and Mike Caruso of Caruso Benefits.

Caruso is not a member of the LVEDC board.

“The wide breadth of interest in the position and Lehigh Valley’s strength in economic development, as demonstrated by our rising rankings by national business magazines and other agencies, speaks to the strength of our organization and the work that has been done here over the past 12 years,” Weed said.

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