Andy Gurd Joins Columbus Partnership as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations

February 1, 2024

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Columbus, OH –The Columbus Partnership is pleased to announce Andy Gurd has joined the team as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations. In his new role, Gurd will lead engagement and fundraising efforts, playing a crucial role in driving development initiatives across the Partnership’s platform.

Gurd brings a wealth of experience to his new position with the organization, most recently serving as a Partner at Centric Consulting where he worked with high profile Columbus brands.

“This is an incredible opportunity that will allow me to continue and broaden our relationships with the companies who have made it their mission to build a stronger Columbus Region,” said Gurd. “I couldn’t be more excited to join this talented team and do my part to add value to the vital mission of the Columbus Partnership, One Columbus, and Smart Columbus.”

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Gurd is a graduate of the Ohio State University where he became a key member of the football team as a multi-year starter at linebacker and was named to the academic all-Big Ten team. Later, he joined the Ohio State Alumni Association where he rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer.

“Andy is going to be a key component of our efforts to take Columbus to the next level,” said Kenny McDonald, President and CEO at the Columbus Partnership. “The Columbus Region has become the center of economic transformation, and we’re excited to utilize Andy’s experience and dedication as we continue our efforts to drive growth and prosperity.”

About One Columbus
As the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, One Columbus’ mission is to lead a comprehensive regional growth strategy that develops and attracts the world’s most competitive companies, grows a highly adaptive workforce, prepares our communities for the future and inspires corporate, academic and public innovation throughout the Columbus Region. One Columbus expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the One Columbus team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2024

Columbus Partnership Media Contact
Jon Keeling



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