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BCA announces search criteria for new President and CEO

The Business Council of Alabama on Monday posted it’s search criteria for a new president and CEO. The posting will close on Oct. 8, 2018, at noon.

Those close to the process say the new Executive Committee doesn’t have a pre-chosen individual and that Alabama Power Company CEO Mark Crosswhite who leads the group made it clear from the outset that he wanted a fair and transparent process free of cronyism or insider influence.

President and CEO Billy Canary was ousted from the business organization earlier this year after a bitter fight to retain power.

“The job description hasn’t really changed from what it was when [Billy] Canary was President and CEO,” said an individual close to the search who asked not to be identified. “It was Canary who changed the job to suit himself. That’s never going to happen again.”

Among the duties of the new president and CEO will be to execute the policies established by the Board to advance the interests of the BCA, possess, develop and foster strong relationships with state and federal elected officials and have a deep understanding of the legislative process.

Those with knowledge of the committee’s thinking doubt anyone from out-of-state will emerge to lead BCA.

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The short job-posting window shows the committee understands the need to quickly build a new team ahead of the 2019 Legislative Session beginning in March.

“There’s a lot to be done, and the new guy must hit the ground running,” said a staffer that hopes to remain at BCA. “Canary loyalists will have to be rooted out and removed if there’s any chance this thing will work,” they added.

So, far no significant changes have occurred, but there is little doubt that with new leadership will come substantial personnel changes.

The executive team is anxiously awaiting the results of a full-scale audit that is currently underway because of Canary’s frantic spending near the end of his tenure.


Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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