Team NEO Names Chief Executive Officer

Team NEO Names Chief Executive Officer

Bill KoehlerTeam NEO Chairman James R. Clay announced today the appointment of William “Bill” R. Koehler as chief executive officer of the organization, a private-sector economic development organization that markets Northeast Ohio to the world and collaborates with its partners and others to attract new businesses, help those that are here grow, and accelerate the pace and impact of innovation throughout the region. Koehler begins in this role on June 15.

“Bill’s vast leadership experience and business acumen make him perfectly suited to take on this critical leadership role at Team NEO,” said Clay. “His history of collaboration and track record of tackling business opportunities to achieve results will benefit all of Northeast Ohio.”

Speaking on behalf of the CEO Search Committee, Team NEO board member William Christopher stated, “We are delighted that our extensive national search led us to someone from our community who is highly qualified to lead this organization into the future. The board looks forward to working with Bill in his new role.”  Serving on the Search Committee:

  • William Christopher, Committee Chair, President & CEO: Lakeview Consulting Enterprises
  • Deborah Hoover, President & CEO: The Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • Dr. Alex Johnson, President: Cuyahoga Community College
  • David Mustine, Managing Director: JobsOhio
  • Joseph Roman, President & CEO: Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • William Seelbach, Operating Partner: The Riverside Company
  • Robert Smith, President & CEO: Spero-Smith Investment Advisers, Inc.
  • Ward J. “Tim” Timken, Jr., Chairman, CEO & President: TimkenSteel Corporation

Koehler, a senior executive with over two decades of experience in corporate banking, has served in various leadership positions at financial institutions in Northeast Ohio. Most recently, he led KeyBank’s Community Bank as president. He has also held positions with J.P. Morgan & Co. and Oxford Venture Corporation.

Koehler has a Master of Business Administration in accounting and finance from Columbia University’s Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Harvard University. He currently serves as board chairman of College Now Greater Cleveland. He is also a board member of Friends of Breakthrough Charter Schools, Urban Community School and St. Ignatius High School. He’s a 2011 graduate of Leadership Cleveland.

Koehler succeeds Tom Waltermire, who retired as CEO of Team NEO on December 31, 2014.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is a private-sector, regional collaboration of Northeast Ohio’s major businesses, foundations, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation that drives economic development and job creation for the state. Together we work to advance a regional economic competitiveness strategy designed to accelerate job and economic growth and provide opportunities for all segments of Northeast Ohio’s population. To facilitate this growth, Team NEO markets Northeast Ohio to the world and collaborates with its partners and others to attract new businesses, help those that are here grow, and accelerate the pace and impact of innovation in the region. As the regional network partner for JobsOhio, we support the retention and expansion work of our 18 county partners by connecting them, and their client companies, with both state and JobsOhio programs and incentives as well as resources across Northeast Ohio. We use our industry knowledge and connections to enhance innovation among driver industries and to identify and develop emerging technologies and markets where the region has a competitive edge.  For more information, visit www.teamneo.org and www.clevelandplusbusiness.com.