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Kinnear reappointed to Early Stage Venture Investment Board

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointment of Thomas Kinnear, of Ann Arbor, to the Early Stage Venture Investment Corporation board of directors.

Established in 2003, the seven-member board encourages a healthy economic climate by fostering job creation, retention and expansion through the promotion of investment in venture capital businesses, specializing in early stage and seed investments. Two of the board positions are filled through recommendations to the governor from the state Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House.

"Tom has been a valuable asset to the board and I thank him for his continued service as we work to create more and better jobs in Michigan," Snyder said.

Kinnear works at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he is the Eugene Applebaum professor of entrepreneurial studies, executive director of the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and a professor of marketing. He was formerly senior associate dean of the business school and former vice president for development and executive officer for the university. He has received university awards for teaching excellence and service. He has previously held a faculty appointment at the University of Western Ontario Ivey School, and visiting appointments at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the European Management Institute (INSEAD) at Fontainebleau, France. He holds bachelor's and law degrees from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, a master's in business administration from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Kinnear will continue to represent statewide organizations exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and will serve a three-year term expiring June 13, 2016. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.