Dan Berry to Retire as President and Chief Executive Officer of MAGNET

Daniel E Berry, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), today announced his retirement from that organization. MAGNET is a service provider for the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, supported in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The MAGNET Board of Directors has begun a search for their new President and CEO and Berry has agreed to remain on staff until his replacement can be found and a successful transition can be made with the new MAGNET President and CEO.

Berry has served as MAGNET’s President and CEO since May 2010 after serving as interim CEO for several months on loan from the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP).

Berry had been the executive vice president at the GCP since its founding in 2004 and prior to that held executive positions at the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and The George Gund Foundation.

“I’m honored to have contributed to MAGNET’s tradition of providing high quality services to the Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing community in areas like workforce development, lean and innovation. I am especially proud of the work that the MAGNET team has done in advancing our Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers (PRISM) initiative during my tenure as President. PRISM combines MAGNET’s 30 years of expertise in serving manufacturers with the rich network of resources Northeast Ohio has—such as our universities and NASA Glenn—that can also help companies grow.”

Said, Felix Brueck, Chairman of the MAGNET Board of Directors, “Under Dan’s leadership MAGNET continued to help many manufacturers on lean programs and critical engineering projects. His main legacy however, is the development of two new core strategic thrusts: PRISM which through its holistic approach has helped manufacturers grow aggressively, and the workforce and talent services that have been instrumental for many companies in overcoming their talent/skills shortages. We deeply appreciate his leadership at MAGNET and in the broader community and are thankful that he is willing to help guide and support the organization even after his official retirement.”

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