The Board of Directors of Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), an economic development organization dedicated to revitalizing the Rochester regional economy, today announced that it has invited GRE interim President and CEO Dennis M. Mullen to serve in an official leadership capacity for a three-year term. The offer was extended and accepted at a GRE board meeting this morning.
"Over the last year, Dennis has shown that his leadership style and business acumen generate positive results for Rochester," said GRE Chairman Wayne LeChase. "He has the ability to understand a business leader's challenges and can work to find solutions that advance a company's goals, generating new investment and jobs for the entire region."
Since Mullen first took the helm of GRE on an interim basis in October 2005, the organization — and the region as a whole — has enjoyed a number of economic-development successes. These include Barilla America's decision to build a $96.2 million pasta-manufacturing plant and warehouse in Avon, Livingston County, creating 121 jobs; Gleason Works' announcement that it will invest $18.7 million to upgrade its plant in the City of Rochester, retaining 625 jobs; and CareGuide's decision to invest $11 million in an operations facility in Henrietta, creating 200 new jobs.
"I'm pleased that the GRE board has asked me to serve as president and CEO of GRE, in an official leadership capacity," Mullen said. "We've built a fabulous team at GRE and I'm proud to be able to continue to serve as the leader of this fine organization."
Before joining GRE, Mullen worked for nearly 30 years in the food industry and last served as chairman, president and CEO of Birds Eye Foods in Rochester.
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is a public-private partnership established to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan region as a competitive, high-profile place for business location and growth. Its efforts support business attraction and expansion, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. GRE collaborates with businesses, universities, not-for-profit organizations and government leaders to ensure a unified approach to regional economic development. For more information, please go to www.RochesterBiz.com.
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Staci Henning, Director, Marketing and Public Relations
Greater Rochester Enterprise
Megan Connor Murphy, Associate PR Director
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