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TBED People and Job Opportunities

June 15, 2011

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has nominated George Gervais, the acting commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development as commissioner. His nomination must be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development and confirmed by the Senate.

Ned Staebler, former vice president of entrepreneurial services of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, has taken the position of vice president of economic development at Wayne State.

Ann Arbor Spark announced the hiring of several new executives as well as the promotion for former interim CEO Skip Simms. The Spark hires are Brittany Affolter-Caine, director of talent; Lukas Bonner, vice president of business development; and Donna Doleman, vice president of marketing, communications and talent. Simms was promoted to senior vice president from vice president. He will continue his role as the nonprofit's head of entrepreneurial business development.

Terry Osborn, director of commercialization with the Kansas Bioscience Authority Heartland Bioventures program, announced that he has accepted a position as CEO of KCAS, LLC.

Missoula Economic Partnership has announced that Jim Bowman will become the group's first president. He recently resigned as the executive director of Renew Moline Inc.

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