Eileen Pickett will serve as interim CEO
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2014) — Craig Richard, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., is departing from his leadership role at the organization to pursue other opportunities. His departure is effective immediately, according to GLI officials.
There had been speculation about his departure, and Richard had been on personal leave from GLI for a few weeks.
“Greater Louisville Inc. has managed effectively though transitional periods in the past. We are fortunate to have the region’s top business leaders helping direct our growth,” said Kerry Stemler, Chair of the GLI Board of Directors. “We wish Craig the very best in the future.“
Effective immediately, Eileen Pickett, the former GLI senior vice president of economic development, will take on the duties of acting CEO, working with the office of the chair as GLI continues its work on the Louisville region’s business and economic development. This is a temporary position while the office of the chair and executive committee continue discussions with potential CEO candidates from the private, local business community.
Greater Louisville Inc. will continue to build on recent successes and endeavors, such as Advantage Louisville, an initiative established to ensure the community is focused on the right priorities and strategies moving into the future. The plan is expected to immediately drive focus on leveraging the region’s assets and inherent strengths to accelerate job creation and economic growth. As part of the process, GLI has partnered with Market Street Services, an economic development firm, to facilitate the strategic planning process. The entire process is expected to conclude soon, with a defined set of priorities and goals for GLI’s next five years.
Greater Louisville Inc. is the Metro Chamber of Commerce, dedicated to connecting and growing businesses. GLI leads economic development for the region, focusing on job creation, increased wages and cultivating entrepreneurship.