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Mark Peterson leaving GRE for new post



Mark Peterson, president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc., is moving to a new position as the president and chief executive of Intersect Illinois, a startup, nonprofit that serves as the lead business recruitment and marketing organization for Illinois.

Peterson will leave GRE on June 11 after serving for 12 years, eight of those years as its leader, GRE said. Matt Hurlbutt, GRE’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, will assume leadership responsibility for the organization.

“Matt Hurlbutt has been effectively leading GRE’s business development team for the past eight years,” said Anne Kress, Monroe Community College president and GRE chair.

“He is well-suited to serve as GRE’s interim president and CEO while we assess the best strategy for the organization’s long-term growth,” she said.

Peterson joined GRE in 2005 as managing director of investor relations after serving as president of Bishop Kearney High School. Peterson had worked for former GRE leaders Dennis Mullen and Michael Finney. He was named interim president and CEO in 2009 when Mullen resigned to become upstate president of the Empire State Development Corp.

In 2009, Peterson told the RBJ that his background was working with boards in the non-profit sector: “My first love, and my first work, was college and university fundraising. I’m a fundraiser by training,” he said.

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