Reed credited Klementich with having been involved “in almost every single major recruitment” effort in recent years, including snagging NCR Corp. from Gwinnett County last year.
“We think her performance following this board’s decision to go in a new direction was exemplary and her value to the organization warrants her being the CEO,” Reed said.
Klementich, who has been with the organization for four years, said she was honored to have the confidence of Reed and the board. Invest Atlanta’s recruitment pipeline is strong, she said, as is the development activity pending throughout the city. The organization plays a critical role in attracting new businesses to the city while overseeing its economic development and revitalization programs.
She said her priority will be to keep Atlanta competitive with national and international cities and to be responsive to the needs of businesses and residents. Much of that will involve working with organizations such as MARTA, local schools and other state and local economic development agencies.
“For me, the key piece is going to be the partnerships,” she said.
Prior to joining the agency, Klementich served as special assistant for economic development at the U.S. Economic Development Administration and also as California’s assistant deputy secretary for economic development and commerce, according to her online biography.