MEDC Executive Committee Approves Resolution Naming Jeff Noel Interim CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Executive Committee today announced that the national search for filling the role of CEO of the organization is progressing on schedule and as planned. Awenate Cobbina, Executive Committee Chairperson, indicated that, "Last year we engaged a search firm to conduct a thorough national search process that has included completing a needs analysis for the role and interviewing stakeholders to agree on the key attributes this leader must possess. Thanks to the excellent reputation of the MEDC and its staff, almost 150 diverse and highly respected candidates and referrals were identified from 26 states and Puerto Rico," he said. "As Chairman, I could not be happier with the tremendous quality of all the applicants, as evidenced by the countless hours the search team has spent narrowing the field. We expect that we will announce the person chosen for the role of CEO soon as we continue to bring closure to this disciplined and extremely thoughtful process."

"On behalf of the entire Executive Committee, let me again thank Mark Burton for his outstanding leadership in filling the role, and we especially want to recognize the entire MEDC team for all they have done this past year, especially given there was no playbook on how to deal with a pandemic,” said Vice Chairman Jeff Noel. "The people of Michigan, our great employers, the local economic development practitioners and especially our professional staff deserve a national search to find the best candidate, and we have done that and more in this process.”

Mark Burton stepped down from the role officially on March 12, 2021. In order to best fill the leadership void until a new CEO is named, the MEDC Executive Committee unanimously voted today to have its Chairman and Vice-Chairman jointly serve in that capacity. Cobbina and Noel will be offering guidance, serving in the formal capacity of CEO, and approving all necessary actions to continue to keep the MEDC fully operational, in support of the residents, communities and businesses of this great state. As resolved today, Jeff Noel will serve as the official CEO, as legally required, with decisions and approvals being concurrently executed with Awenate Cobbina.

"We want all stakeholders working with the MEDC to know we remain fully open for business and that the priorities of our state will continue to be met with a seamless leadership transition that has the full Executive Committee and staff attention until the new leader is named," said Chairman Cobbina

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