Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints John Hindman as Economic Development Secretary

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 03, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the appointment of John Hindman, of Louisville, as secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

“John has been a true friend of economic development in Kentucky for years, and his relationship with the Commonwealth and the Kentucky General Assembly has been outstanding,” said Governor Fletcher. “John’s success with UPS and his expertise with economic development and international trade make him the perfect choice for this position. We are truly fortunate to be able to attract someone of his caliber.”

Hindman has worked for United Parcel Service since 1974, most recently serving as Vice President of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs for UPS Airlines, the ninth largest airline in the world. In this position, Hindman was responsible for strategic planning, advancing the UPS image and projecting the UPS image and reputation.

On Wednesday, Site Selection magazine named the UPS expansion Hindman negotiated in 2006 as one of the top 10 economic development deals in the country. The expansion was one of the largest corporate expansion investments announced in 2006, and was the second $1 billion expansion UPS had undertaken in Louisville in less than a decade.

“I want to thank the Partnership Board and Governor Fletcher for giving me this opportunity,” said Hindman. “I had a passion for economic development activities while I was at UPS, and Governor Fletcher certainly has provided a growing number of economic development opportunities for the Commonwealth. I look forward to being part of the process as we move forward.”

“As Kentucky continues to grow, it is important that we have a secretary who has the knowledge and expertise to keep us in the forefront of economic development,” said Luther Deaton, vice chairman of the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board. “John brings to the table the skills to do just that.”

“John is an excellent choice,” said Dave Adkisson, President/CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “The package he put together for UPS and the state last year was one of the biggest economic development packages in recent Kentucky history. He knows the business from the company’s point of view and will be outstanding in representing our Commonwealth.”

“We applaud the selection of John E. Hindman as the Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development,” said Joe Reagan, President and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. “John brings a customer perspective to this role, having represented the Commonwealth's largest employer in economic development negotiations, and, he also brings a well-earned reputation for his personal integrity. He’s a great choice.”

“John Hindman’s work with UPS has given him a strong business background with global experience,” said Elaine Spaulding, President of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. “He will certainly help in the Commonwealth’s economic development efforts.”

“John’s skillful leadership at UPS helped expand business and grow jobs for his company and Kentucky,” said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson. “I am confident he will continue this success as Kentucky’s Economic Development secretary.”

“I applaud the Governor’s selection of John Hindman through the process followed by the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board. John’s valuable worldwide expertise in economic development projects and ability to relate to corporate decision makers will greatly assist the Commonwealth,” said Gary Moore, Judge-Executive in Boone County and Chairman of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, the economic development agency for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.  

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state.  They are overseen by a board of both private sector and public sector members called the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board pursuant to statute.

KRS 154.10-040 requires that the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board (Partnership Board) set qualifications for the position of secretary, employ a national search firm and conduct a nationwide search for candidates.  To that end, the Partnership Board began the search process by issuing a Request for Proposals to national search firms in January, 2007. 

The Partnership Board selected The Pace Group to handle the search in March, 2007.  The Pace Group is a national search firm with regional offices in Tupelo, Mississippi, and Austin, Texas, specializing in searches for economic development, chambers of commerce, healthcare executives as well other senior-level positions.  They have been meeting with state and local officials, representatives from the private sector and legislators since March and contacted and interviewed many potential candidates before narrowing their submission to six.  Those six candidates were submitted to the Executive Committee of the Partnership Board on April 25.

On April 30, the Executive Committee again met to discuss selection of three finalists. Pursuant to KRS 154.10-040, they submitted their final three candidates to the Governor for final consideration. 

Hindman’s appointment is effective June 1. Governor Fletcher has invited Hindman and his wife, Donna, to participate in this year’s Derby activities which include our economic development guests.