The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore has chosen veteran real estate and government relations adviser Bill Jones to serve as interim president and CEO while it searches for a new permanent leader.
Jones, who previously served as senior adviser to Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and currently heads consulting firm Farview Advisors, will lead the EAGB through the end of 2018 while the search to find a permanent replacement for former President & CEO Shannon Landwehr continues, the alliance announced Monday morning.
Landwehr, who originally announced her intention to step down at the end of 2017, has continued to lead the alliance through the first half of 2018 while the EAGB board conducted its search for her successor. While she officially will leave her post on June 30, she will continue to consult with the EAGB’s board until a new economic development leader is named.
“Shannon’s leadership has been instrumental in positioning the alliance to take advantage of the global transformation of economic development, and advancing the region’s competitiveness,” says EAGB Chairman Rick Kohr, CEO of Evergreen Advisors. “As such, the search to find a permanent replacement for her will take some time.”
EAGB Treasurer Edwin R. Brake, managing director of Ellin & Tucker, said, “Bill is perfectly suited for this role in that he is well-known in, and respected by, the region’s business community. Given his past work in County government and his knowledge of this region, its assets, and its economic development opportunities, he is the ideal individual to guide the EAGB until a permanent economic development leader is selected.”
The alliance is a public-private organization of industry, government, education, and philanthropic leaders to foster inclusive economic development in Greater Baltimore.