Missouri Partnership announced today that their Board of Directors Executive Committee has named Subash Alias as interim CEO effective March 1. Alias brings more than 23 years of economic development experience to the role. The full board is scheduled to meet to discuss a permanent CEO in late March. Outgoing CEO Steve Johnson is leaving to launch the St. Louis Regional Economic Development Alliance (Alliance STL) focused on business attraction for the St. Louis region. Alliance STL will be a key regional partner for Missouri Partnership.
“Subash’s extensive experience, solid reputation, and leadership are exactly what Missouri Partnership was looking for to lead this organization during this transition,” said Cheryl Norton, Chair of Missouri Partnership and President of Missouri American Water. “This organization is an effective force for all of Missouri as we promote this state as a top business investment destination to companies around the world. Subash’s long-term success within the state, and his respect inside and outside Missouri, will allow Missouri Partnership to continue to lead our state’s business attraction efforts and continue to bring jobs and investment to our state.”
Since April 2011, Alias has been a key member of Missouri Partnership’s leadership team, working globally to attract corporate investment and job creation into Missouri. Before joining Missouri Partnership, Alias worked for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. At the PRA he was engaged in business attraction, expansion and retention efforts for the greater Pittsburgh region. Subash began his career in a similar role with the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association.
In 1994 he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and received his MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis in 2002.
“Missouri Partnership is an effective team that, in partnership with organizations across the state, is changing and improving the lives of Missouri residents by attracting life-changing jobs and investment across the state,” said Alias. “I am honored to be asked to be the interim CEO of this great organization and look forward to working with our partners statewide, and globally, in order to continue our positive impact on job creation and economic growth in Missouri. I also solidly appreciate the leadership of Steve Johnson over the past four years and look forward to working with him and Alliance STL.”
Under Alias’ leadership, Missouri Partnership will continue to focus on attracting new jobs and investment to the state and promoting Missouri’s business strengths, working in partnership with the Hawthorn Foundation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the State of Missouri, and economic development agencies across the state.
“Missouri Partnership is critical to the success of Missouri’s economic development strategy,” said Rob Dixon, Director of Missouri’s Department of Economic Development. “Subash is well-known and well-respected across our state. We look forward to continuing to work together as Missouri Partnership makes this transition.”