Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Leadership Austin CEO Selected

A message from 2013-14 Leadership Austin Board Chair Brian Dolezal (ESSENTIAL 2001).

Dear Friends of Leadership Austin,

It is my pleasure to share some exciting news today: The Leadership Austin Board of Directors welcomes Christopher Kennedy as Leadership Austin’s new Chief Executive Officer effective February 3, 2014.

We are thrilled to have Christopher’s talent and skill leading Leadership Austin in this role. We are confident his business experience, vision and proven commitment to our community will enable Leadership Austin to strategically explore critical issues, build leadership skills to address those issues and foster relationships that help facilitate positive, collaborative change in Central Texas.

Christopher was selected following a comprehensive search that included a stakeholder survey, staff input, nearly 40 resumes of interest and 15 interviews. The Leadership Austin Board of Directors unanimously selected Christopher after a process led by the Leadership Austin Search Committee with our external recruiter Bacon Lee & Associates. Since June 2013, Christopher has served as Leadership Austin’s Interim CEO after serving as last year’s Board Chair.

An accomplished leader with more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience and successful results in executive positions, Christopher has a proven track record in developing and implementing strategic plans, and exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to forge successful working relationships with customers, employees, boards and community leaders.

Previously, Christopher served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and most recently has been busy as an equity partner in two start-ups with a philanthropic focus. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from The University of Texas at Austin, and is a graduate of the Leadership Austin Essential Class of 1995. He served three different terms on the Leadership Austin Board of Directors in 1996, 2001 and 2009.

Please join me in welcoming Christopher to this new role!

Brian Dolezal
Chair, Leadership Austin Board of Directors

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