CenterState CEO Announces Six Employees Promoted to New Corporate Leadership Team

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SYRACUSE, NY – CenterState CEO announced it has promoted six employees to its newly established Corporate Leadership Team following an organizational refresh process. Lori Dietz will serve as senior vice president of Administration and Human Capital; Elle Hanna will serve as senior vice president of Marketing and Communications; Dr. Juhanna Rogers will serve as senior vice president of Racial Equity and Social Impact; Dominic Robinson will serve as senior vice president of Inclusive Growth; Andrew Fish will serve as senior vice president of Member and Business Experience; and Ben Sio will serve as Chief of Staff and senior vice president t of Strategy, Policy and Planning. The new leadership and organizational structure are the result of an 18-month internal process and will formally be implemented on Jan. 1, 2023.

As Senior Vice President of Administration and Human Capital, Lori Dietz will oversee the day-to-day administration and operations of the organization, including the organization’s human resources, finances and accounting, facilities, technology and other core functions. Dietz previously served as the organization's vice president of Operations and Compliance.

As Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Elle Hanna will manage and grow the organization’s brand recognition and awareness locally, regionally, statewide and nationally. She will serve as the lead communications and marketing officer, spokesperson and media contact, and is responsible for executing the organization’s strategic marketing and communications plan. Hanna previously served as CenterState CEO's senior director of Communications and Media Relations.

As Senior Vice President of Racial Equity and Social Impact, Dr. Juhanna Rogers will work collaboratively across the organization to develop, monitor, and report on actionable and measurable DEI goals, strategies, and metrics. In this position she will also provide organization-wide leadership for CenterState CEO’s commitment externally to enhancing and sustaining diversity, promoting a culture of inclusiveness and advancing cultural competence within the business community, and developing strategic initiatives that contribute to CenterState CEO’s successful engagement of the diverse population it serves. Dr. Rogers previously served as CenterState CEO's vice president of Racial Equity and Social Impact.

As Senior Vice President of Inclusive Growth, Dominic Robinson will be responsible for driving positive impact and outcomes in the region. Through this new role, Robinson will oversee the majority of the organization’s direct programs, services and initiatives, including core areas of business expansion, retention and attraction; business incubation and acceleration (including The Tech Garden); workforce development; community investment and prosperity; and cluster development. Robinson previously served as the organization's vice president of Economic Inclusion.

As Senior Vice President of Member and Business Experience, Andrew Fish is responsible for organizing and leading how businesses engage with CenterState CEO. In this role, Fish will manage the entire sales and service system. Additionally, he will drive engagement with the organization’s programs, services and initiatives. Fish previously served as senior vice president of Business Development.

As Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Strategy, Policy and Planning, Ben Sio will oversee the strategic direction of the organization and ensure that collective activities are advancing the organization’s mission-based priorities. Additionally, he is responsible for building consensus around strategic needs and priorities and managing the change necessary to drive execution. Sio will also oversee the organization’s policy development and government affairs activities. Sio previously served as the organization's Chief of Staff.

In addition to leadership changes, the organization has developed eight strategic principles and associated metrics that will support its mission to create a region where businesses thrive, and all people prosper. These strategic principles, which the newly formed Corporate Leadership Team is responsible for advancing, include Business Competitiveness, Community Prosperity, Equity, Sustainability, Continuous Improvement, Customer Service, Talent Excellence and Brand Awareness. To learn more about CenterState CEO, its staff and programs please visit

About CenterState CEO

CenterState CEO is an independent and forward-thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. We serve as an advocate and resource for smart business, catalyze and facilitate regional growth, and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem-solving.

Post Date

Sep 15th 2022