The Team Pennsylvania Foundation has a new leader.
The private nonprofit organization, which works to bridge the gap between state government and business to improve the state’s economy, has named Laura Williams as its president and CEO.
The foundation’s board of directors approved the hire Friday. She replaces Matt Zieger, who left in January to start a for-profit consultancy.
“I look forward to using my private sector experience to partner with our board and with our government, community and business leaders throughout the commonwealth to help build an even better Pennsylvania,” Williams said in a statement.
She most recently served as the senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Ahold USA, parent company of Cumberland County-based Giant Food Stores. Prior to Ahold, Williams served as senior vice president and general counsel at Giant. She has been a partner at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, as well as an executive with Keystone Financial Inc.
“Team Pennsylvania Foundation is a valued private-sector partner that has supported our efforts to create jobs and attract and expand businesses within Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Tom Corbett, who serves as public sector co-chairman of Team PA. “The skills and leadership that Laura brings to the president and CEO position will be invaluable assets to the foundation and its work to help build a stronger Pennsylvania.”
COO Ryan Unger has added vice president to his title. He had been leading the organization on an interim basis.
“We believe Laura’s and Ryan’s skill sets are very complementary to each other and that they will help lead Team PA forward in the years ahead,” said John Moran Jr., Team PA’s private sector co-chairman and president of Northumberland County-based Moran Industries.