Greater Des Moines Partnership President to Retire at Year's End
Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011
Larry Zimpleman of The Principal Financial Group and the 2011 Chair of the Greater Des Moines Partnership Board of Directors, has announced the retirement of Martha Willits as the Partnership’s President and CEO, effective at the end of the year. To ensure a smooth transition of leadership consistent with the Partnership’s succession plan, a search committee has been selected and a selection process is underway. Zimpleman will lead the search committee. Willits will continue to work with the Partnership during 2012, focusing on resource development.
“The Partnership has a strong tradition of succession planning and we thank Martha for her outstanding leadership and the notice to allow us this transition time,” said Larry Zimpleman. “The Partnership will continue to be the leading voice of business in Central Iowa. With the launch of our Capital Crossroads strategic plan, emerging business and governmental issues, growing regional cooperation, a shift in the region’s workforce needs and the continuing economic recovery, a smooth transition is crucial.”
The search process will be open and includes:
- Input into the search criteria and process by a cross section of the community: Partnership members; non-profit and education sectors; affiliate members; public sector leaders; and Partnership staff.
- The assistance of a search firm with experience in executive searches for economic development organizations and Chambers of Commerce to welcome both local and external candidates.
“Central Iowa has a great future, and the Partnership will continue to play a vital role in its economic and community development,” said Willits. “I look forward to continuing to assist this forward growth in 2012 by connecting in new ways to the Partnership’s work.”
Persons interested in the position should visit the Partnership’s website, www.desmoinesmetro.com/about-us-partnership/partnership-staff/ for forthcoming information on the application process.