Metro Denver EDC announces new Board of Governors leadership appointments

10/27/2011
The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) today announced two new leadership appointments to its Board of Governors. 

Katrina Salem, market managing partner (MMP) of PwC's Rockies market, which includes the Denver and Salt Lake City offices, will serve a two-year term as co-chair of the Board of Governors. Rob Cohen, chairman and CEO of IMA Financial Group, Inc., will serve a one-year term as co-chair of the group. 

Salem is responsible for leading the strategy and operations of PwC's Rockies market, including cultivating PwC's people and contributing to the community by engaging with local philanthropic and civic organizations. In addition to her role as MMP, Salem is also a tax partner and has spent nearly 16 of her 24 years with PwC serving Colorado-based clients primarily in the manufacturing, telecommunications, and technology industries. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

"With the significant focus on the economic health and growth of our state, the Metro Denver EDC holds an essential role in determining and driving the actions and strategies that fuel the city's continued competitiveness and momentum. I am honored to serve in the role of co-chair and to have a hand in the EDC's strategy for the next two years," said Salem. 

Cohen, a former chair of the Denver Metro Chamber Board of Directors, leads the IMA Financial Group, a diversified financial services company. He is also the chairman emeritus of the Metro Denver Sports Commission (Denver Sports), and serves on the boards of VISIT DENVER, Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council, the Downtown Denver Partnership, the I Have a Dream Foundation, and the United States Olympic Foundation. In addition, Cohen chairs Metropolitan State College of Denver's Board of Trustees. 

"My involvement at the Chamber began in the economic development area and it is exciting to have it go full circle and to again be involved with Tom Clark and the Metro Denver EDC," said Cohen.

Salem and Cohen succeed out-going Board of Governors Co-Chairs Josh Gould, CEO of RNL, and Debbie Welle-Powell, vice president, payer strategies and legislative services of Exempla Healthcare.

Comprised of all Metro Denver EDC investors, members of the Board of Governors help design Metro Denver EDC's annual work plan to guide strategic goals in improving and expanding the region's businesses. The Board of Governors' list of accomplishments includes influencing legislation beneficial to the business community and keeping the pulse on trends affecting the regions industries. Members of the Board meet regularly every two months and many assist on additional committees and special task forces.