Charles Hayes, who has served as president and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership since 1996, will retire June 30.
The public-private partnership announced Hayes retirement Monday. A CEO search team, under the guidance of the partnership’s board of directors, will be formed to find his replacement.
“The impact and achievements of RTRP have been realized through the intelligent teamwork and true dedication of its staff and it has been my privilege to work alongside them for 20 years,” Hayes said in a statement. “As the Triangle region has grown, and continues to grow, we must refresh our vision, strategy, and course under a new leader to ensure that our region will continue to attract, retain and cultivate strong business and economic growth.”
A year ago, the partnership began developing a strategic plan to examine the organization’s structure and future needs. The board is expected to receive recommendations from the process by June 30.
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The partnership includes economic development agencies across the region that work with the state Department of Commerce and other partners to market the region for new investment.
“We have been honored to have Charles Hayes at the helm of RTRP for the past 20 years,” Gary Joyner, chairman of the partnership’s board, said in a statement. “During his tenure, the RTRP has achieved significant national recognition for its work on behalf of the many regions that comprise the Research Triangle. Charles has shaped the pathway that will ensure a promising future for RTRP.”