CobbWorks is seeking a new CEO to replace founding President and CEO John Helton. He has resigned to be the executive director of Atlanta CareerRise, beginning in June. (Courtesy of CobbWorks)

CobbWorks seeks new CEO

CobbWorks, Inc. officials recently announced they are looking for a new CEO.

President and CEO John Helton has resigned his position from the 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that oversees WorkSource Cobb program services.

Helton will continue to lead the organization and assist the board with the transition through the end of May 2019 when he will assume the role of executive director of Atlanta CareerRise, a regional workforce intermediary and funder collaborative, according to a news release.

CobbWorks Board Chair Mark Gibson said the Executive Committee is hoping to secure a new CEO “in the coming months.”

“I am incredibly grateful to John for the energy, vision and heart that he dedicated to this organization and the impact he brought to our community through his leadership,” Gibson said. “I wish him the absolute best in his new journey with Atlanta CareerRise.”

Helton has been the president and CEO since CobbWorks was founded in 2000.

During his tenure, Helton played a critical role in leading the organization along with providing significant leadership in workforce development at the local and national levels, including his current role as the president of the Southeastern Employment & Training Association (SETA), according to the news release.

“The opportunity to lead and grow this organization as a resource for the Cobb community has been a gift,” Helton said.

“I’m incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished and for the value CobbWorks will continue to bring to people looking to do better for themselves and their families,” Helton added.

CobbWorks, Inc. is governed by a board of directors with oversight from the Cobb Workforce Development Board.

The organization provides WorkSource Cobb program services through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to Cobb County residents and businesses.

CobbWorks helps to ensure an adequate supply of skilled workers while supporting the recruitment needs of businesses.


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