Dec 19, 2019

Tech Alpharetta Appoints Six New Members To Its Strategic Board

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Board Leadership Changes and New Additions Cap Strong Board Growth in 2019

ALPHARETTA, GA (Dec. 19, 2019) – Tech Alpharetta, the nonprofit organization helping the City of Alpharetta lead in innovation, announces six new members of its Strategic Board of Directors. Tech Alpharetta’s Board, which focuses on ideating and implementing strategies for growing the Alpharetta tech community, is comprised of many of the area’s leading, senior technology executives.

 The 39-person Board features local c-suite and senior executives, along with community partners – ATDC, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Gwinnett Technical College, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC). Tech Alpharetta’s newest Board members include:

  • Romil Bahl, CEO, KORE Wireless
  • Jessica Banks, Technology Consulting Leader, Equifax
  • Don Barbour, AT&T Georgia Regional Director of External Affairs
  • Ken Kurzweil, VP, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
  • Tim Langan, Regional Vice President, Flexential
  • Marie Mouchet, Vice President and CIO, Colonial Pipeline

Tech Alpharetta also welcomes Vince DeSilva, EVP of TAG, to its Community Partners Board seat.

In addition to the new Board members, Tech Alpharetta recently named Board member Felipe Smolka, EVP and Digital Transformation Officer for LeasePlan, as its new Vice Chairman of the Board, and Paul Nagrowski, Siemens’ Head of Finance, Americas-Industrial Applications, as Treasurer. Board member Ryan Hollenbeck, SVP of Global Marketing for Verint, is continuing as Chairman for his second term.

Karen Cashion, CEO of Tech Alpharetta, notes that “We’ve purposefully recruited visionary industry executives and a robust leadership team in 2019, and we’re looking forward to growing Tech Alpharetta’s footprint and impact in 2020.”   

Tech Alpharetta Chairman, Ryan Hollenbeck, adds “These new members are joining Tech Alpharetta’s Board of Directors at a time where their experience is particularly relevant, and I anticipate that this, coupled with their curiosity and strategic thinking, will have a great impact.”

Since its establishment in 2012, Tech Alpharetta and its Board have advised the city of Alpharetta on tech infrastructure and ecosystem. The Board’s recommendations led to the launch of Tech Alpharetta’s Innovation Center, the creation of the city’s economic development website, and other notable developments.  

For more information about Tech Alpharetta, its mission and it programs, or for information about the Tech Alpharetta Innovation Center, visit


 About Tech Alpharetta

Tech Alpharetta (previously the Alpharetta Technology Commission), the first organization of its kind in Georgia, was established in 2012 by the City of Alpharetta and is an independent, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization today. The organization runs a strategic advisory board of Alpharetta’s leading technology companies, monthly technology events for tech executives, and the Tech Alpharetta Innovation Center, a flourishing tech startup incubator.


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