Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne
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United Way Taps DWD Commissioner As New CEO

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The United Way of Central Indiana has turned to the Holcomb administration for its new CEO.

Ann Murtlow announced plans to retire in January, after nine years as CEO and president. Her successor will be Fred Payne, the commissioner of Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development. Payne’s held that job since 2017.

United Way board chairman Rafael A. Sanchez says Payne’s work overseeing Indiana’s job training programs lines up with the organization’s mission of lifting people out of poverty onto paths to success. And Sanchez says United Way wanted a leader who will emphasize diversity. Payne established a diversity office at Honda’s plant in Greensburg, where he served as general counsel before joining state government.

Governor Holcomb says Payne established DWD’s Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship, which helped train 25,000 Hoosiers through more than 200 apprenticeship programs. And Holcomb praises Payne for guiding the department through the pandemic, when 900,000 Hoosiers received unemployment checks.

Payne’s last day at DWD will be July 8. He’ll start at United Way 10 days later.


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