TechNet Announces Organizational Changes

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April 29, 2013

TechNet Announces Organizational Changes
Rey Ramsey Steps Down as CEO; Alix Burns Named Acting CEO

Washington, D.C. – TechNet, the bipartisan network of CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today announced that the organization’s President and CEO, Rey Ramsey, has decided to transition out of the role of CEO. After three years of dedicated service to TechNet, which included successful, annual CEO fly-ins and expansion of the state network into Illinois and New York, Ramsey will pursue new opportunities.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as TechNet’s President and CEO,” said Rey Ramsey. “Working with some of America’s most innovative business leaders and entrepreneurs has been inspiring. I appreciate the support and great leadership of the TechNet members and their executives from around the country on the many important policy issues so critical to the success of the technology industry and the American economy. I would also like to thank TechNet’s dedicated staff. This was not an easy decision, but after roughly two decades of leading national organizations, I’ve decided to join an exciting private sector endeavor while at the same time continuing to serve on academic and non-profit boards.”

“We will miss Rey’s leadership at TechNet and we are honored to have worked with him,” said John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco and TechNet co-chair. “Rey is an outstanding leader who led our groundbreaking apps economy report, high skilled immigration reform push and many other efforts. We wish Rey all the best in his new endeavors.”

“It’s been our honor to work with Rey Ramsey and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors,” said Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google and a member of TechNet’s executive council. “TechNet is doing terrific work and will continue to help spur important policies to reform our high skilled immigration system, prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow and much more to drive our economy.”

Ramsey has served as TechNet’s President and CEO since January of 2010. In the interim, TechNet has named Alix Burns, President of Bay Bridge Strategies and former Vice President of TechNet, to lead the transition as Acting Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, Burns will assist with the day-to-day operations of the organization and will work with TechNet’s Executive Council as they conduct an extensive search for a new chief executive officer.

Over the past few years, TechNet’s advocacy has been successful in helping drive the debate regarding high-skilled immigration reform, releasing new research including a ground-breaking apps economy report showing job growth, efforts to spur broadband adoption, STEM education reform, building out the TechNet state policy network and bringing more members of Congress and policy leaders to America’s innovation centers.

[PDF version of statement available here]

About TechNet:
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. TechNet’s members represent more than one million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Palo Alto, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin. Web address: You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @technetupdate.
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