SPEAKER

Paul Krutko, FM

President & CEO
Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor, MI

Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO.  Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor area of innovation.  In his role as CEO, he leads the organization’s efforts to expand the regional economy through initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential.  SPARK implements a strategic framework designed to maintain and to enhance the region's global competitiveness.

Paul has nearly four decades of economic development expertise. He led San Jose, California's economic development efforts in Silicon Valley where he served as chief development officer. He also had similar leadership roles in Cleveland Ohio and Jacksonville Florida.

He earned a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Design degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art. 

Paul is honored to have served as chair the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and was founding chair of the Economic Development Research Partnership.  He is an IEDC Fellow member and was designated an Honorary Life Member in 2013.  Paul is the current Vice Present of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).