GPI Board Selects Firm to Conduct CEO Search

23 Sep 2020

Press Release, GPI in the News


September 23, 2020

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Anna Marum

Greater Portland Inc


GPI board selects firm to conduct CEO search

Tigard-based Motus Recruiting will conduct the national search.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The search committee from the Greater Portland Inc (GPI) board of directors has selected an executive recruiting firm to conduct a national search for GPI’s next president and CEO. After interviewing four firms, the board committee selected Tigard-based Motus Recruiting. 

GPI’s new CEO will oversee the nonprofit public-private partnership, which advances regional economic development through job growth and investment in the seven-county, bi-state region. 

“We are excited to work with Motus Recruiting to find a qualified candidate to help Greater Portland Inc drive new business to our great region,” said Michelle Weisenbach, KeyBank President and Commercial Banking Sales Leader for Oregon/SW Washington and search committee chair for the GPI board of directors. “We are confident that we will find a well-vetted, talented, creative and energetic leader to bring their expertise to the organization. Our partnership with Motus will allow us to search for prospects not only within the Portland metro area, but beyond, and will ensure that we consider a diverse slate of candidates.” 

Motus has a wide range of recruiting experience, and has filled positions that require economic development leadership skills, knowledge and experience. Motus has previously conducted searches for public-private partnerships like GPI. 

The firm is well-networked in the community with diverse leadership and an equity focus. This allows it to well-represent GPI and the broader Portland community to prospective candidates. In addition, Motus is a certified Oregon MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) firm. 

“Motus is honored to have been selected as the executive search partner of Greater Portland Inc in their recruitment for their next CEO,” said Orlando Williams, Chief Executive and Equity Officer with Motus. “We are thrilled to work with GPI who has demonstrated their commitment to diversity and inclusion by selecting Motus as their partner. Our mission has always been to move people forward and we are proud to support GPI in their ongoing efforts in creating one of the nation’s most competitive and vibrant metropolitan economies.” 

The search is anticipated to be completed within four months. Until a permanent CEO is hired, Cara Rene, Senior Vice President of Communications & Stakeholder Relations, will continue to serve as interim president and CEO.


About Greater Portland Inc: Greater Portland Inc provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A true public-private partnership model, Greater Portland Inc is supported by 90 public- and private-sector partners who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. Greater Portland Inc and partners shape the region’s economic future and market the region to the world. Learn more at