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GADC President and Interim CEO Kevin Landmesser Announces Retirement

Jun 27, 2024 01:10PM ● By David Dykes

Kevin Landmesser, Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) interim president and CEO, announced his retirement from the organization.

“After 23 remarkable years with the Greenville Area Development Corporation, I reflect on the incredible impact we have made in Greenville County and look forward to this next chapter,” Landmesser said. “My heartfelt thanks to the board of directors for their unwavering support. It has been an honor to serve with them and alongside such dedicated colleagues, and I am confident that Greenville County is in good hands."

 Landmesser has played a significant role in the economic development of the Greenville area for the past 27 years. Under his personal leadership, Greenville County has seen the creation of more than 10,000 announced jobs and $4.2 billion in announced capital investments.

Among his proudest achievements, besides ensuring good jobs for Greenville County’s citizens, were the successful management of major projects for companies such as Lockheed Martin, Michelin, Kiyatec, GE Power, Mitsubishi Polyester Film, and Hubbell (now Current).

Landmesser also worked in Economic Development for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce for four years before joining the GADC in its inaugural year. Since that time, the organization has brought an estimated announced capital investment of $7.8 billion to Greenville County and has had an estimated economic impact of $55 billion.

Previous roles as senior project manager, vice president, and senior vice president before taking over as interim president and CEO in October of 2023, have provided Landmesser with extensive knowledge and experience that he will continue to share with the GADC as a senior advisor to assist with the transition of the new CEO (not yet announced).

Landmesser will begin this new consulting role upon completion of current duties on Aug. 16.

Said Jim Burns, chair of the GADC board of directors: “We extend our sincere gratitude to Kevin for his 23 years of exceptional leadership at the GADC. His strategic vision and dedication have been instrumental in advancing economic growth across Greenville County. Kevin's impact will be felt for years to come, and we wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement."

The Greenville Area Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 by Greenville County Council.

As leaders in economic development for Greenville, GADC provides support and resources to businesses of all sizes and acts as a liaison between the business community and local government and works closely with government officials and agencies to ensure that the needs and concerns of businesses are heard and addressed.