Lurene Joseph, CEO of Leeds and Partners, the inward investment agency responsible for business tourism, has announced she is to step down next spring.
She has been in the role less than two years during which she oversaw a name change from Marketing Leeds.
Chairman of the agency, Asda Chief Executive Andy Clarke said Joseph’s leadership had “transformed the way that the city and wider region approaches inward investment and driving growth in the visitor economy”.
“Lurene’s stewardship has delivered, among other things; the creation of over 1,200 jobs, £10m incremental spend in the visitor economy and the development of a mature investment pipeline; all of which is well over the target set and ahead of the timescale for delivery,” he said.
Joseph said she was leaving to pursue new challenges in the private sector and to continue her work on private sector boards.
Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), added: “In the past two years, the Leeds City Region has made significant progress in positioning itself nationally and internationally as a magnet for investment, creating jobs and sustainable, good growth.
Chief Executive of Leeds City Council Tom Riordan said Joseph had helped Leeds look at how it competed in a global economy.
“We must continue this work and find ways to enhance our ability to collaborate across sectors and geographic boundaries to compete even more effectively for jobs.”
Leeds and Partners had recently announced that 1,000 jobs had been created 18 months ahead of schedule through inward investment, with 200 additional jobs created in the visitor economy.
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