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Executive director to step down from Leadership Council

After serving more than 20 years with the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois in various capacities, Dr. Ronda Sauget has announced she is resigning from her position as executive director. Sauget’s last day at the council  will be Oct 29.

“Ronda’s contributions to economic growth and progress in our region are immeasurable,” said Richard J. Mark, chairman of the board of directors for the Leadership Council. “My fellow board members join me in thanking Ronda for her years of service to the Council and expressing our appreciation for her leadership and tireless efforts to make the Leadership Council a premier economic development organization.”

Sauget has a long career in economic development in the region. She served as a board member for the Leadership Council for more than 20 years, including 10 years as president and chairman, before being named to the executive director post in 2015. Under her stewardship, the council has grown from 130 members to more than 250 engaged businesses and organizations. Notable successes include American Bottoms Levee restoration project, new investments in multi-modal transportation assets, working with Scott Air Force Base helping transitioning airmen and spouse licensure, and broadband expansion to support economic development in the region.

“My time with the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois has been very rewarding,” said Sauget. “I have deep roots in this region so seeing the growth in this organization and successes we’ve had is amazing. From the American Bottoms Levee Restoration project to the multi-modal transportation infrastructure, we’ve made significant strides for Southwestern Illinois.”

Mark indicated that recruitment of a new executive director will begin immediately.

“These are big shoes to fill,” he said. “We’ll be looking for candidates with a breadth of business experience, a track record of accomplishments, and a commitment to the Southwestern Illinois region.” Mark said the board will consider candidates from outside the area, but the preference is to hire an individual with roots and connections in the Greater Metro St. Louis area. “This area is poised to accomplish big things and this is a great opportunity for the right person.”

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