Thursday November 13, 2014 0 comments
DENVER - Ken Lund, who has served as executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) since 2012, announced he is leaving that position to become managing director in PricewaterhouseCooper's advisory practice.
At PwC, Lund will provide strategic advisory services to state and local governments, companies and universities with a focus on economic development.
"Leading OEDIT has been the best job I have ever had," Lund said. "I am fortunate to have worked with Gov. Hickenlooper to secure economic success for Colorado, and I am sincerely grateful for the support I received from not only our economic development partners but from businesses and communities across the state.
"I'm also fortunate to have worked with a tremendously talented team at OEDIT. Our success was due in large part to the efforts of our entire team as well as our partners all across the state.
"I look forward to continuing to help key clients in Colorado and throughout the U.S."
Lund was appointed as chief legal counsel to Gov. Hickenlooper in January 2011 before moving to OEDIT.
"Some may say that Colorado's economic success comes from possessing all of the right ingredients that companies, talent and entrepreneurs look for when choosing where to settle or grow, but we believe it is also the collaborative approach to economic development that Ken has led the past few years that helped build one of the fastest-growing economies in the country," Hickenlooper said.
"His strategic implementation of the Colorado Blueprint is unmatched in execution in both public and private sector industries, and played a big part in jumpstarting Colorado's economic recovery."
Hickenlooper appointed Fiona Arnold - most recently with River North Investment Company LLC where she serves as owner and president of the real estate development company - to replace Lund.
Arnold will begin her duties with OEDIT on Jan. 2.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Colorado under Gov. Hickenlooper's leadership and to continue fostering the strengthening economic environment that has propelled Colorado forward, creating jobs and bringing new companies to the state," Arnold said.
"It is a very exciting time for Colorado with so many key components in place that promise to yield tremendous economic opportunity, and I look forward to collaborating with people and industries across the state as we relentlessly pursue the economic goals of the Colorado Blueprint."