Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. today announced that Eric Doden, former Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) president, has been selected as GFW Inc.’s chief executive officer. Doden will assume the new role on July 1.
The organization’s board of directors made the approval on Monday afternoon. In almost 20 years of business-related experience, Doden has worked with corporations of all sizes.
“While at the IEDC, Eric helped lead the state’s successful economic development efforts,” said Ron Turpin, GFW Inc. board chair. “His passion for Indiana and his proven success in working with and developing small and large businesses perfectly aligns with GFW Inc.’s mission and vision. Under his leadership, we look forward to translating his talents to help us continue to grow a more prosperous, vibrant community in greater Fort Wayne.”
As GFW Inc.’s executive leader, Doden will work with a staff of 20 and GFW Inc.’s over 1400 member/investors to retain, expand and attract jobs to the area.
“I am thrilled not only to be home, but to be joining a great team at GFW Inc.,” said Doden. “The people in our community understand that we are a special region, and we have the opportunity to become a nationally-recognized leader in economic development. We will work hard to serve our members/investors and continue the momentum to drive our region forward.”
Doden, a Fort Wayne native, earned his bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College and law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. In 2013, Gov. Mike Pence appointed Doden to head the IEDC. Most notably, during his tenure at the IEDC, Doden has been instrumental in the creation and passage of the Regional Cities Initiative. The strategic initiative is designed to transform Indiana’s approach to economic development by creating dynamic regions that attract and retain talent.
In addition to his duties at the IEDC, Doden has worked as principal for Domo Ventures LLC, a boutique private equity firm located in Fort Wayne, Ind. He previously served as director of investments for Ambassador Enterprises, where he developed and executed strategic investment plans.