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New Board elected to Greater Richmond Partnership

July 27, 2021

Altria’s CFO Sal Mancuso elected Chair while Richmond City Council President Dr. Cynthia Newbille will serve as Chair-Elect

Sal Mancuso of Altria

Sal Mancuso

RICHMOND, VA – The Board of Directors of the Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”), the lead regional economic development group serving the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico, announces the appointment of Sal Mancuso, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Altria Group, as chair of the organization. Mancuso takes the helm of GRP following Chesterfield County’s Leslie Haley, who served two terms and moves to the Immediate Past Chair role. Dr. Cynthia I. Newbille, President of the Richmond City Council was elected Chair-Elect and Charlene Whitfield of Dominion Energy as Vice Chair.

The GRP is a public-private non-profit that markets the Richmond Region as a business location and recruits new companies to the area by targeting specific industry clusters. The Board recently went from eight voting members to 16 — equally split from the public and private sectors.

The following are the officers and members of the GRP Board of Directors for fiscal year 2021-2022:


Sal Mancuso, Chair
Dr. Cynthia I. Newbille, Chair-Elect
Charlene Whitfield, Vice Chair
Leslie T. Haley, Immediate Past Chair
John D. O’Neill Jr., General Counsel, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Jennifer Wakefield, President & CEO
Anita Saunders, Corporate Secretary

Public Sector representatives include:

  • John A. Budesky, County Administrator, Hanover County
  • Dr. Joseph P. Casey, County Administrator, Chesterfield County
  • Leslie Haley, Board of Supervisors, Chesterfield County
  • Angela Kelly-Wiecek, Board of Supervisors Vice Chairwoman, Hanover County
  • Dr. Cynthia I. Newbille, President, Richmond City Council
  • Patricia S. O’Bannon, Board of Supervisors Vice Chairwoman, Henrico County
  • Lincoln Saunders, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Richmond
  • John Vithoulkas, County Manager, Henrico County

Private Sector representatives include:

  • John Asbury, CEO, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Dr. Chris Chmura, Founder and CEO, Chmura Economics & Analytics
  • Elena Edwards, CEO, Allianz Partners
  • Karol Kain Gray, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Sal Mancuso, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Altria Group
  • Buck Stinson, Senior Vice President, U.S. Card Partnerships, Capital One
  • Bobby Ukrop, President & CEO, Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods
  • Charlene Whitfield, Senior Vice President, Power Delivery Group, Dominion Energy

About the GRP

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP attracts new companies to the region by providing in-depth market data, marketing the region globally and generating quality economic opportunities.

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