Jim Clay, chairman and CEO of the Ohio-based insurance and financial services company, Westfield Group, has been named chairman of the private sector business development group, Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO).
Team NEO is a regional collaboration of Northeast Ohio’s major businesses, foundations, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and JobsOhio.
Clay succeeds Ward J. “Tim” Timken, Jr., chairman, chief executive officer and president of TimkenSteel Corp. and David T. Abbott, executive director of The George Gund Foundation, who served as interim co-chairs during the organization’s transition to begin to implement the regional strategy
Timken and Abbott step down after acting as co-chairs for the Regional Competitiveness Council (RCC) and interim co-chairs for Team NEO. They were instrumental in leading a steering committee that recommended a new regional economic competitiveness strategy to accelerate northeast Ohio job growth. Both will continue to serve on the board and provide their leadership and experience to the organization
Clay is a trustee of the Property & Casualty Insurers Association of America and co-chairs the Insurance Industry Resource Council, Ohio’s workforce initiative to support the industry’s domestic carriers. He is active with a number of economic development organizations in northeast Ohio including the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Team NEO and Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Foundation.
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