Steven Grissom, who has spent the past seven years as the No. 2 in Louisiana Economic Development, has been appointed to lead the state’s economic development efforts effective next week.
Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Grissom’s appointment as LED secretary on Friday. He replaces Stephen Moret, who was recently selected to head the LSU Foundation, the university’s main fundraising arm.
Grissom has served as deputy secretary since 2008. Jindal’s term ends in January, and the next governor could name a new economic development head.
“As a key part of LED’s leadership team, Steven Grissom has prepared himself to lead the agency,” Jindal said in a statement. “His in-depth knowledge of Louisiana’s growth potential and the leadership he has demonstrated in his role as deputy secretary have uniquely positioned him to take on the duties and challenges of secretary. I am confident that Steven will sustain the tremendous momentum we have seen from LED and will steer the organization toward continued success and new economic wins for the people of Louisiana.”
Before joining LED, Grissom held jobs as executive vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, director of corporate development for The Shaw Group Inc. and a management consultant with the Houston office of McKinsey & Company. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from LSU and master’s in business administration from Rice University.
“It is a privilege to be entrusted with the duties and responsibilities of leading the highly skilled Louisiana Economic Development team,” Grissom said in a statement. “I am excited to continue my involvement in LED’s important work of positioning Louisiana for continued economic momentum, and I am grateful for the governor’s confidence in my abilities to lead the department.”