Dayton makes change in DEED leadership

Gov. Mark Dayton said today that he has appointed Katie Clark to serve as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

According to a news release, Clark will replace Mark Phillips, who is resigning Friday to “pursue opportunities in the private sector.” Clark is currently executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office.

“I thank Mark Phillips for his dedicated service to DEED and the people of Minnesota,” Dayton said in the release. “I know that he will continue to be successful in his future endeavors. I have the utmost confidence in DEED’s new Commissioner, Katie Clark. Commissioner Clark’s leadership skills were well-developed by her work at Target Corporation and National Wind. As Director of Minnesota’s International Trade Office, she has proven that she knows how to turn her ideas into action.”

The leadership change comes the same day that DEED announced the addition 5,900 jobs in September, and a new seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.

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