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Ravila Gupta Picked to Lead CED

Ravila Gupta -- CED photo

Triangle attorney and business leader Ravila Gupta will become president and CEO of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), effective April 17.

Her appointment came after a wide search by led by Waverly Partners and members of CED’s executive committee for a successor to Joan Siefert Rose, who stepped down near the end of 2016 and became a senior partner at Creo, a management consulting and advisory firm in Research Triangle Park.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ravila as the new leader of CED,” said CED Chair Rich West. “She brings a wealth of corporate leadership experience to the role and is well-connected throughout the Triangle, which will help her build on CED’s solid foundation of partnerships in the entrepreneurial community.”

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is among the organizations that work with CED to promote business success statewide.

Formerly president of Umicore USA

Gupta joins CED after serving as president of Umicore USA. In that role since 2011, she led the organization responsible for providing corporate services to all Umicore business units in North America. She had previously served as Umicore USA’s legal counsel when she started at the company in 2008.

Prior to Umicore, Gupta worked as a process/environmental engineer at government agencies and companies that included Tyco Electronics and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. After obtaining her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University, she began her professional career as an attorney for Ogletree Deakins in Raleigh.

Lived in North Carolina for past 26 years

A 26-year resident of North Carolina, Gupta is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, serving on its board of directors from 2013 to 2016, and for a year on its executive committee. She is also a board member of the Nature Conservancy (NC Chapter), the National Association of CEOs, and the Duke University School of Nursing. 

“I am honored and humbled by the board’s trust in me to lead CED,” said Gupta. She cited fundraising and relationship building as two of her top priorities.

 “This is an organization revered in the community, with a long history of propelling our entrepreneurial ecosystem forward, and I intend to build on that success. Though CED has accomplished great things over the past 32 years, we will push to do more, looking for new partnerships and for new ways to strengthen our support of growing entrepreneurial companies.”

Over the last two years CED has undertaken a strategic pivot, expanding its support for growing companies through initiatives such as the Connections to Capital program, which helps match companies to institutional investors. Since its inception in 2015, Connections to Capital has made introductions for companies that have resulted in over $55 million in equity funding.

CED is known as the country’s largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in numerous sectors.

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