TBED People & Orgs

July 25, 2012

Caren Franzini, the CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, stepped down after leading the agency for 21 years. Michele Brown, Gov. Chris Christie's appointments counsel, will take over as CEO.

Karen Merrick has joined the Iowa Innovation Corporation as CEO. Merrick previously had been with the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Thomas Dann, the founder and managing director at CastleHaven Advisors, a Washington, D.C., private-equity firm, was named managing director of the Maryland Venture Fund.

Baiju Shah, the president and CEO of BioEnteprise, is leaving to become the CEO of BioMotiv, a drug development company that spun out of University Hospitals.

Mark Wdowik has joined the Office of the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University as an assistant vice president for Research and Industry Partnerships. Wdowik has been at CSU Ventures since 2006.

Jack Brittain stepped down July 1 as vice president of technology venture development at the University of Utah. Vice president for research Tom Parks will oversee tech ventures on an interim basis.

Arati Prabhakar will join the Obama administration on July 30 as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Prabhakar succeeds Regina Dugan, who left in March for an executive position at Google.

Jack Carpenter has been named director of the Innovation Transfer Consortium, a program of TechConnect WV.

Johnathan Molifield has been named vice president of inclusive competitiveness of NorTech.

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