The New Mexico Technology Council, an organization working to promote the growth of the state’s tech industry, has hired Deborah Breitfeld to be its new executive director, according to a press release Friday afternoon.
The leadership change comes just under two months after Dean Gallagher was hired to be the president and CEO. Gallagher had previously worked at the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce as senior vice president of membership development and sales, according to previous Business First reporting.
Gallagher left NMTC because he received another job opportunity, according to NMTC Chairman Curt Schatz. Schatz declined to disclose that opportunity.
Gallagher had no immediate comment, nor did Breitfeld.
Schatz also said Breitfeld has been on NMTC’s radar for some time. Other board members include PNM Resources Inc, AT&T New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories, which boasts a $3.17 billion annual budget.
"She was always on our short list," Schatz said. "Being able to grow the tech council … is something that’s in her DNA."
He said the last time the NMTC board voted for a new leader, it was split between Gallagher and Breitfeld.
Ultimately, Gallagher was chosen for the position the first time.
Breitfeld has decades of experience in technology and economic development, according to the press release. She has previously worked at Rio Rancho Economic Development Corp. and BRYCON Construction, according to previous Business First reporting.
Most recently, she worked for the Albuquerque-based sign shop Signart of New Mexico Inc.
"She has worked extensively throughout New Mexico with companies during their startup, relocation and expansion phases," the press release states. "Breitfeld played an integral role in the recruitment of HP to Rio Rancho, among others."
Breitfeld will begin working for the NMTC June 13. Her salary was not disclosed.