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Leadership Experience

 
 
Rod Jané
President
New England Expansion Strategies
 
Bio
 
Public Sector
 
Rod Jané is the former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD), appointed by Governor Romney in 2005 and asked to stay as Undersecretary of Business Development by Governor Patrick in 2007. MOBD is the Commonwealth's premier economic development agency and manages the state's economic development incentive programs. Under Rod's leadership, the Commonwealth created the one-stop Business Resource Team (BRT) bringing together 23 of the most important economic development organizations in the state under one umbrella and one mission - to retain and attract businesses to Massachusetts. In 2006, MOBD recorded one of its best years in history nearly tripling annual job creation to over 10,000 new jobs, retaining more than 12,000 additional jobs, and quintupling private investment to $4.5 billion.
 
Rod was the Commonwealth's point person for the Bristol-Myers Squibb project. He led the Massachusetts team to one of the biggest wins in state history as Bristol-Myers Squibb decided to locate its large-scale biotechnology manufacturing facility in Devens, Massachusetts in 2006 despite vigorous competition from dozens of other states and countries. The project is now under construction and will create 550 new jobs and a $1.1 billion investment in the Massachusetts economy. The Bristol-Myers Squibb project was named the Economic Development Project of the Year in 2006 by CoreNet. Rod developed a results oriented, customer focused, team culture at MOBD that ensured that economic development projects were managed professionally and efficiently.
 
Private Sector
 
Prior to his public sector experience, Rod spent 20 years in the private sector primarily in senior management roles with General Mills, Duracraft, and Honeywell. As President of Honeywell, Inc. Consumer Products Group, he managed a $300 million global business with 4,500 employees. In this position, he oversaw several major expansion and consolidation projects, including the merger of two large manufacturing facilities into one new facility and the consolidation of seven warehouse facilities into one new distribution center. As Executive VP at Duracraft Corp., he helped lead the Massachusetts startup company through a successful IPO and second public offering.
 
Personal
 
Rod holds a B.A. Degree in Economics from Colgate University and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. He lives with his wife and four children in Westborough, Massachusetts, where he has served on the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen. Rod is a member of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.