The Research Park Corp. board on Thursday tapped Genevieve Silverman as president and CEO of the nonprofit, nearly six months after hiring her on as interim head.
The board also elected two new board members: Mo Vij, CEO of General Informatics, and Jerry Jones, director of economic development for St. John the Baptist Parish.
Silverman replaced Byron Clayton as leader of the Research Park Corp. on an interim basis in January, when an executive committee said it would launch a search for a permanent leader.
"She took the recently-approved strategic plan and was able to almost effortlessly start implementing it," said Edmun Giering, chair of the RPC board.
Clayton left the top post at RPC at the end of last year to lead the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute in Pittsburgh. Clayton had served as president and CEO of the Research Park Corp. since January 2015.
The RPC's executive committee in January bumped Silverman’s annual salary by 25 percent to $168,750, and named her interim president and CEO for six months. Silverman had served NexusLA, an RPC subsidiary, for 10 years.
Giering will negotiate Silverman's salary and likely finalize the hire at the next board meeting, he said.
The RPC was formed by the Legislature in the early 1990s to grow and diversify the innovation economy in Baton Rouge. The organization has three main components: The Louisiana Technology Park, an incubator for early-stage tech firms at the Bon Carre Business Center on Florida Boulevard; Innovation Catalyst, a nonprofit venture capital group; and NexusLA, an online portal promoting regional collaboration and connecting growth-focused companies to capital, resources and talent.