Board Leadership Change for Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RICHMOND, Va. – Gail Letts, Suntrust’s central Virginia regional president and CEO assumes the chair of the Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. effective July 1, 2009 for fiscal year 2010. She succeeds David A. Kaechele, chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, who has served as chair for the past year.

Robert Setliff, member of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, has been elected vice chair, the post previously held by Letts.  Kaechele’s position is replaced with James B. Donati, member of the Henrico Board of Supervisors.

Katherine Busser, executive vice president at Capital One, has been elected to the Partnership’s board of directors after previously serving as a board alternate. Additional private sector board elections include William A. Casey, senior vice president of Bank of America, and Douglas Roth, senior vice president of BB&T.  The three board positions replace Robert S. Ukrop, president and CEO of Ukrop’s Supermarkets, Inc., Katherine Whitney, director of Warren, Whitney & Sherwood, and John R. Nelson, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Altria, Inc.

Dr. Gary Rhodes, who also serves as chair of the Greater Richmond Chamber, serves on the board as a board alternate, succeeding Busser, immediate past chair of the chamber.

William G. Broaddus, partner at McGuireWoods, was elected as general counsel succeeding Stephen E. Baril, partner at Williams Mullen.

Two Partnership officers, Gregory H. Wingfield, president and CEO, Valerie Derricott, corporate secretary, were reelected to their positions as were other members of the board and alternates.

The following members will continue the service on the board:

Daniel A. Gecker, member of Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
Kathy Graziano, president of the City of Richmond’s City Council

The following members will continue their services as board alternates:

Rhu Harris, administrator of Hanover County
Kim Scheeler, president of Greater Richmond Chamber
James L. Stegmaier, administrator of Chesterfield County
Virgil Hazelett, manager of Henirco County

 

The Greater Richmond Partnership was launched in 1994 as a pioneering regional public-private initiative to serve as the regional economic development group for the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico. The mission is to help grow the Greater Richmond economy through the attraction of high quality jobs and new capital investment, the retention of existing businesses, and the continued improvement of the region’s business climate. Since inception, the Partnership has played a key role in the attraction of more than $6.8 billion in investment by 382 new and expanding companies. This is a return on investment of $164 for every $1 in funding provided by public and private partners since 1994. For more information, please visit www.grpva.com.

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Contact: Gregory H. Wingfield
Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.
Phone: (804) 343-6969
Email: [email protected]