Governor-elect Mike Pence is splitting the positions of Indiana Economic Development Corporation president and the Secretary of Commerce.
Under outgoing Governor Mitch Daniels’ administration, the IEDC President was also the Secretary of Commerce, but Pence announced Thursday the positions would be filled by two different people.
Muncie native Victor Smith was appointed the next Secretary of Commerce and Fort Wayne venture capitalist Eric Doden will become CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Both men will report directly to the governor.
Pence says this move will help create more jobs in Indiana.
“The personnel and the economic development efforts of the administration are a part of a larger picture of creating the conditions that will make Indiana even more attractive for investment to firms that are here, and to firms that are looking for the right place to be in the Midwest,” he says.
Lieutenant Governor-elect Sue Ellspermann says Smith and Doden will also increase the state’s foreign trade.
“Indiana has huge opportunities with agriculture to continue to grow our export opportunities, and we are embarking on that today, and will do so going forward,” she says.
Pence also announced Bruce Lemmon would be reappointed as the head of the Department of Corrections, and former Department of Health Chief of Staff, Sean Keefer, as the Commissioner of Labor.