Executive Alert: KC economic development chief resigns, Kauffman search continues

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Career moves

Fullerton resigned as the CEO of KC's EDC | Courtesy of Platte County EDC
Pete Fullerton | Courtesy of the Platte County EDC

Pete Fullerton has stepped down from his role as CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City. Fullerton had spent 22 years with the Platte County Economic Development before he took the lead of the Kansas City EDC in March 2012. He will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant city manager Bob Langenkamp.

Missouri Partnership CEO Christopher Chung has resigned to lead the newly formed Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Chung, who joined the statewide economic development agency in 2007, helped bring international business to Missouri, including Yang Feng USA, an automotive supplier for General Motors.

Chris Olofson, the former COO of Epiq Systems Inc., has resigned from the company’s board of directors one month after the board’s restructuring. Olofson served as president and co-COO until May, when he moved into the role of vice chairman. He resigned from that role in June, though he continued to serve as a member of the board. Olofson is the son of chairman and CEO Tom Olofson.

David Webb, executive vice president and senior lender at Frontenac Bank since 2006, was named president of Meramec Valley Bank, a position that had been unfilled for 10 years. Chairman and CEO Bill Jones Jr. said the hiring signifies a return to growth for the bank.

Michelle Friel, YRC Worldwide Inc.’s executive vice president and general counsel, is resigning after working at the company for 15 years. Prior to YRC, Friel worked as the general counsel for Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

Carol O’Neill has been named vice president of strategy, technology and key initiatives at Barry-Wehmiller. O’Neill has an extensive background in the packaging and manufacturing industries, as well as consulting and information technology. She joined Barry-Wehmiller in 2013.

In the news

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is expected to announce a new CEO in the first quarter of 2015. The Kansas City-based foundation’s board has been in a recruiting process since previous CEO Tom McDonnell left on June 30. Wendy Guillies, Kauffman’s vice president of communication, has served as acting CEO since then. The foundation’s board said it was looking for a leader that understands the vision of its founder and namesake, Ewing Marion Kauffman. The board said it would as much time as necessary to find the right candidate.

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