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Blandin Foundation anticipates leadership change in 2011

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Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 12:00 pm

Blandin Foundation President and CEO Jim Hoolihan will return to the private sector by the end of 2011. He shared his plans with the Foundation's board of trustees at their Dec. 6 meeting.

Hoolihan joined Blandin Foundation as president and CEO in 2004, following 12 years as a trustee, including as board chair. He is a native of Grand Rapids, a family business owner and the city's three-term mayor from 1990 to 1995. He serves in a variety of philanthropy leadership roles, including as board member of the statewide Ready4K organization.

Hoolihan plans to return to his family's multi-generational businesses, Industrial Lubricant Company and Can-Jer, of Grand Rapids.

"We're pleased that Jim will be with us through 2011," said Marian Barcus, board chair. "He has been transformational for the foundation and, although we have always expected his transition back to the private sector, he will be difficult to replace. It is a credit to Jim's leadership that the foundation has broadened its impact even in a difficult economy and is very stable. He makes it possible for us to make this leadership transition and to be energized by the change."

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