For Immediate Release - April 21, 2015

Secretary Ash Names Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship; Assistant Secretary for Business Growth; and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

Positions Will Support Continued Effort to Create and Retain Jobs

BOSTON – Monday, April 21, 2015 – The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development is pleased to welcome three new hires in recent weeks: Katie Stebbins as Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship; Mike Kennealy as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth; and Richard Doucette as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT).

“Massachusetts’ innovation economy generates good jobs and has put us on the cutting edge of technological development,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Katie’s extensive experience in entrepreneurship and development, and Mike’s understanding of the challenges facing growing businesses today, will be invaluable assets as we work to lower barriers on innovation and entrepreneurship and provide resources for growing companies across the Commonwealth.”

“We are excited Rich is part of our team,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary for Business Development, “His talents, experience, and professionalism will help us continue to ensure Massachusetts a top choice destination for tourism, education, and business for domestic and international markets.”

“I am consistently impressed with the world-class research and development coming out of our universities and startups,” Stebbins said, “and I am looking forward to further fostering an environment that drives job and wage growth in Massachusetts.”

“The businesses of the Commonwealth drive the local and global economy in areas from software development to medical device manufacturing,” said Kennealy. “Ensuring businesses have the resources they need to continue to develop as industry leaders will help drive Massachusetts’ economic success.”

“Bringing visitors and business travelers from the rest of the United States and the world helps drive the economy from Stockbridge to Boston,” said Doucette, “I am delighted by the opportunity to work with the team to keep Massachusetts a top destination for travel and tourism.”

About Katie Stebbins:

Katie’s comes to the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development with twenty years of experience in city and regional, and workforce and economic development. She served the City of Springfield for ten years, specializing in environment planning and brownfield redevelopment, worked for the Cecil Group in Boston, and served as the Western Massachusetts Director for Mass. Mentoring Partnership. Most recently, Katie ran her own consulting practice and was the primary consultant for the Holyoke Innovation District on behalf of the Massachusetts Tech Collaborative. She is also an entrepreneur, who actively participates in the mentoring and accelerator space, and launched her own civic tech startup in 2012. She is a resident of Western Massachusetts.

About Mike Kennealy:

Mike brings two decades of experience working with the management teams of growing companies. He was a Managing Director of Spectrum Equity until early 2013, and during his more than 15 years there the firm grew from $360 million in assets under management to $4.7 billion and invested in nearly 100 high growth information services, digital media, software, and Internet companies. After retiring from Spectrum, he spent two years as Special Advisor to the Receiver at Lawrence Public Schools. There he worked with the state-appointed superintendent/receiver on strategic and financial initiatives and developed and managed relationships with non-profit partners, philanthropic funders, and the municipal government. Mike is a resident of Lexington.

About Richard Doucette:

A marketing and media professional, Rich has helped create and promote iconic brands throughout his career. Most recently, he worked as the Founding Chairman of the Boston Cup Classic Car show, a three-year-old fundraiser for Boston Parks. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Shoppers Marketing, a firm dedicated to helping brands like The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District position and market themselves. A past Chairman of The Advertising Club of Boston, Rich has also served on the Boards of The Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University and The Wang Theater. He began his career at the Boston advertising agency Hill Holliday Connors Cosmopulos, and has held senior positions at Arnold Advertising, the New England Patriots, Alloy Marketing, Knight Quality Stations and Infinity Broadcasting. Rich resides in Swampscott.

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