Conexus Expands Board, Names New Chair

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Conexus Indiana has added four members to its board of directors, bringing its total members to 15. The state's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative has also selected Denny Oklak as its new board chairperson.

Oklak is the former chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. a role he held for nearly 12 years until his retirement in December 2015. He has also previously served as chairman of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Board of Directors.

Conexus says, in his new role, Oklak will steer the organization's work following a strategic planning process held last year.

The new board members for Conexus include:

• Andrew Baker - Vice President for Government Relations at Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis

• Elaine Bedel - President of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

• Scott Brand - Senior Vice President at Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette

• Kim Ryan - Senior Vice President at Hillenbrand Inc. in Batesville

"Conexus Indiana gains insight and direction from industry leaders who are on the front line everyday creating jobs, globally significant products and navigating economic pressures," said Mark Howell, CEO of Conexus. "With the addition of Denny, Andrew, Elaine, Scott and Kim to our board, we gain additional perspective from their careers and community involvement, all of which makes our work increasingly impactful for continued statewide industry success."

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