Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative Conexus Indiana has appointed a new chief executive officer. Mark Howell succeeds Steve Dwyer, who is retiring at the end of the year. Howell most recently served as chief operating officer at Angie’s List. He has been involved with Conexus since 2007, serving on the organization’s board. He tells Inside INdiana Business he believes Indiana’s manufacturing and logistics sectors are "fully equipped" to be at the forefront of emerging technologies including artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.

Dwyer has served as president and CEO of Conexus Indiana for eight years. During that time, the organization says it tripled its staff, enrolled more than 8,000 high school and college students in talent development programs and launched three industry-led councils to focus on growth opportunities in the aerospace and defense, automotive and logistics sectors.

He also held multiple executive positions with Brightpoint Inc. for nearly two decades. During that time, Conexus says the company grew from 25 employees to become an international Fortune 500 company. He will also be chair of the local host committee for the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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