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Tourism CEO to take reins at Buffalo Niagara Partnership


The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the region's business advocacy group, has named Dottie Gallagher-Cohen as its nextpresident and CEO.

The Partnership hired national firm Korn/Ferry International to search for a replacement head.The selection of Gallagher-Cohen was approved by the Partnership's Board of Directors  on Tuesday morning.

Gallagher-Cohen is currently the president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, and is a two-and-a-half year veteran of the Partnership's board. She says she looks forward to changing any negative perception of the Partnership.

"We are at a pivotal time as a region to expand our economy. The partnership has played a key role in working with the public and private sectors to expand our economy and remove barriers for growth in the region. It's a privilege to lead this organization and to have the opportunity to build upon the great work that the Partnership has done over the past 20 years," said Gallagher-Cohen.

Gallagher-Cohen will succeed the retiring Andrew Rudnick, the president of the organization since it was founded in 1992. Rudnick says the ship is going to be in very good hands.

"Dottie's talents, energy, and relationships, not to mention her passion for this community are just what the Partnership needs to continue it's good work going forward," said Rudnick.

Gallagher-Cohen will assume the duties effective June 3rd.

View Ashley Hassett's extended exit interview with outgoing Partnership President and CEO, Andrew Rudnick here.

WBFO/Western New York reporter for the Innovation Trail.
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