Joan Siefert Rose, who announced in June that she would step down as president and CEO of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development at the end of the year, is joining an expansion-minded management consulting and advisory firm based in Research Triangle Park.
Rose is joining Creo, which focuses on working with growing companies in the life sciences and technology sectors that have annual revenue ranging between $10 million and $250 million. She will be a senior partner.
“Joan is just an extraordinary leader and someone I have deep respect for,” said Susan Acker-Walsh, CEO and co-founder of Creo. “She is someone who I think is very aware of the pulse of this region and what the needs are of evolving and emerging growth organizations.”
Rose said that after she announced her departure from CED, Acker-Walsh, whom she has known for years, approached her about joining Creo. And although Rose also considered “other possible opportunities,” this one kept rising to the top.
Among other things, Rose said she is intrigued by “a chance to build something” at Creo, which was just formed last year.
“The founders have plans to add new partners and expand into new areas,” Rose said. “I thought the idea of getting in early and helping to shape that sounded like fun and also sounded like a great opportunity.”
Rose said she expects to draw on the extensive network of contacts that she developed during her eight years at the helm of CED, and as general manager of N.C. Public Radio, WUNC-FM, for counsel on devising solutions to especially vexing issues clients may face.
CED, a nonprofit support group for entrepreneurs, touts that it’s the nation's largest and longest-running entrepreneurial network. During Rose’s tenure she reshaped the organization, including making it the go-to destination for entrepreneurial data and focusing more attention on growth-stage companies.
Rose will be partner number five at Creo. In addition, the firm has “an on-demand work force we draw upon for assignments,” said Acker-Walsh. During its first year in operation, the firm has been deploying between eight and a dozen people on client projects at any one time.
Rose said that she expects CED to name her successor before she departs at the end of this month.