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LVEDC Welcomes New Members, Chair to Board of Directors

By Colin McEvoy on March 16, 2021

Stephen Hoff (left), Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Crayola, and Julien Sauvagnargues (right), President & Regional Representative Officer of Olympus Corporation of the Americas, are two new members of the LVEDC Board of Directors.

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) has welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors, as well as a newly-appointed Chair and two incumbent board members starting new terms.

Stephen Hoff, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Crayola, and Julien Sauvagnargues, President & Regional Representative Officer of Olympus Corporation of the Americas, were welcomed to the board during LVEDC’s Annual Meeting program on March 16.

Ed Dougherty, Senior Vice President & Chief Business Development Officer at Lehigh Valley Health Network, is the new LVEDC Board Chair.

“They, along with the other members of the board, bring a diverse mix of talents and experiences that will help LVEDC continue to grow and build this unique partnership and help the region grow smartly,” said LVEDC Board Chair Ed Dougherty.

Dougherty, Senior Vice President & Chief Business Development Officer at Lehigh Valley Health Network, is stepping into the role of Board Chair following the conclusion of Jane Long’s term in the position. Long will remain on the board as an officer.

“She has provided four years of smart, strategic leadership,” Dougherty said of Long during the annual meeting program. “Jane, I’ll work hard to follow your great example.”

Long has served on LVEDC’s board for more than a decade, and was the chair for four years, becoming only the second person to ever serve two consecutive terms in that position, according to LVEDC President & CEO Don Cunningham.

“To me, Jane is LVEDC,” Cunningham said. “She was here when I was hired, and I’ve learned volumes listening to her, talking with her, and observing her ever-present eye for details and her knack for knowing just when to make a point or ask a question.”

Sauvagnargues oversees Olympus’ activities throughout North and South America in his current position. He was also formerly the President of the Scientific Solutions Group and Consumer Products Group.

“I moved to the Lehigh Valley nine years ago, coming from France, and this is the place where my children have been growing up and that I am happy to call home today,” Sauvagnargues said. “I have seen the Lehigh Valley change and develop tremendously during these nine years and I am delighted to join now the LVEDC Board in order to personally contribute to further develop this wonderful place.”

Hoff held various positions at McKinsey & Company, Mitsubishi International, and Tosco Corporation before joining Crayola. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and his MBA from St. Joseph’s University.

“I’m very happy to continue Crayola’s tradition of community involvement by joining the LVEDC Board of Directors,” Hoff said. “I look forward to the opportunity to advance help this great organization’s mission.”

Sauvagnargues and Hoff replace Cindy Feinberg of Feinberg Real Estate Advisors and George Figueroa, Corporate Vice President of Human Resources at Olympus Corporation of the Americas, both of whose terms on the LVEDC Board of Directors have ended. Feinberg has served two terms on the board, and Figueroa served one term.

“We are deeply appreciative to Cindy and George for bringing their wisdom and expertise to our board and helping to advance economic growth in the region,” Cunningham said.

Two incumbent board members have begun new terms: Paul Anthony, Business Manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 375, and Carol Kuplen, President of St. Luke’s University Hospital, Bethlehem, and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Luke’s University Health Network.

LVEDC investor board members serve three-year terms with a two-term limit.

The LVEDC Board of Directors includes representatives from the region’s private sector, as well as public sector partners. These include the county executive and one member of the legislative body in both Lehigh and Northampton counties, as well as the mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.

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