Haslam Names Bill Hagerty Economic & Community Development Commissioner

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | 03:02am
Hagerty Committed to Haslam’s Goal of Making State No. 1 Location for High Quality Jobs
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today announced Nashville business executive Bill Hagerty as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Hagerty has extensive business experience and brings a depth and breadth of knowledge to business recruitment in Tennessee that is critical to Gov.-elect Haslam’s goal of making the state the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.

“Having someone of Bill Hagerty’s caliber at the helm of Economic and Community Development is a tremendous advantage for Tennessee,” Haslam said. “Our state has some unique opportunities, and his experience will help us take advantage of them. I am extremely pleased that he will be a member of our team.”

Hagerty was a founder and managing director of Hagerty Peterson & Company, LLC, a merchant bank and private equity firm.

Before founding Hagerty Peterson, he worked with Trident Capital, L.P., a private equity investment firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, and with the Boston Consulting Group, an international management consultancy. Hagerty has served in a number of executive positions during his career including CFO, COO and CEO of both U.S. and international companies.

Hagerty worked on the White House Domestic Policy staff during the George W. Bush Administration as a member of the President’s Council on Competitiveness. He also served as a National Finance Chairman for Romney for President in 2007-2008.

“I’m honored that Gov.-elect Haslam has asked to me to serve Tennesseans, and I look forward to the opportunity to support Bill Haslam’s mandate to grow and create jobs in this great state,” Hagerty said. “Gov.-elect Haslam is a terrific leader. He is assembling a spectacular Cabinet and staff, and I am both excited and humbled to join his experienced team.”

Hagerty is married to Chrissy, and they have four children. They attend St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville.