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Launch Tennessee appoints Van Tucker President, CEO

Launch Tennessee appoints Van Tucker President, CEO, LaunchTN

Public-private partnership Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) has announced the appointment of Van Tucker as its president and CEO. Ms. Tucker has been interim CEO since July 2020.

“LaunchTN is an integral part of Tennessee’s entrepreneurial landscape and our economic development efforts,” said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner Bob Rolfe. “Van has proven herself to be the clear choice to lead LaunchTN and accelerate the organization’s impact on our state’s thriving startup ecosystem. I look forward to seeing the great ways Van’s leadership will steer LaunchTN’s efforts moving forward.”

Ms. Tucker joined LaunchTN in January 2020 as COO, and became CEO at the departure of Margaret Dolan six months later. Before coming to LaunchTN, she was founding CEO of trade association, the Nashville Fashion Alliance. She also co-founded Avenue Bank as Chief Creative Officer, and has expertise in market and product development, banking, finance, entrepreneurship, and the creative economy.

“It’s an honor to lead LaunchTN in its mission to foster entrepreneurial collaboration through our network partners across the state of Tennessee and beyond,” said Ms. Tucker. “Over the past six months, our team has nurtured a culture of high-performance expectations, creative thinking and empathy, all qualities that will ensure our economic impact continues for years to come. I am thrilled to continue these efforts as we support and create resources in synergy with our network partners to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation.”

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