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Michigan Israel Business Accelerator hires new CEO

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The Michigan Israel Business Accelerator has hired a new CEO who comes from a leadership position with the state.

Scott Hiipakka, 48, starts his new role May 28. He is charged with leading the nonprofit in its mission of facilitating business between businesses in Michigan and Israel, and spurring local investment.

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To be a partner in economic development in Michigan is a phenomenal opportunity,

Hiipakka said.

Hiipakka was formerly executive director of the state’s office of performance and transformation. Under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration, the department was reorganized and that position was eliminated. At Michigan Israel Business Accelerator, he replaces Sandy Selinger, who was hired last May and exited the organization in February.

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