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Veteran commercialization exec Karen LeVert to lead NC IDEA board

Jul, 18 2017, 2:15 PM

Karen LeVert, a veteran commercialization executive, is the new board char at NC IDEA. The Durham-based economic foundation also names three board members while two current members step down.

NC IDEA announced the changes Tuesday and also unveiled an updated website.

LeVert has been a member of the board for the past two years.

New members are Peyton Anderson, Greg Brown and Patti Gillenwater.

“The leadership and guidance of our Board enables us to advance the Foundation’s mission and vision,” said Thom Ruhe, CEO of NC IDEA, in a statement. “Our newest members are distinguished members of North Carolina’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and bring a wealth of expertise and energy to our activities. We are fortunate to have such accomplished business leaders supporting our efforts to strengthen the entrepreneurial future of North Carolina."

Stepping down from the board are investment executives Jeff Barber and Mitch Mumma.

Bios of the new chair and board members:

Also on the board are Lee Buck, Randy Myer and Sean O’Leary.

(Note: Bios were provided by NC IDEA.)