The board of the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) has named Derek Slap President and CEO of the statewide association of technology-oriented companies and institutions. Slap is an experienced marketer, communications professional, nonprofit manager and public servant. He officially begins his new role at CTC Monday, January 28, 2019, where he will advance the organization’s commitment to bolster Connecticut’s technology ecosystem by providing leadership, support, mentoring, and advocacy to companies at every stage of growth.
Connecticut Technology Council Board Chair Severine Zygmont says that Slap met all the criteria and more that the board was looking for in a new top executive. “Derek has experience forming and executing a bold strategy in the nonprofit setting,” says Zygmont, referring to Slap’s experience as vice president of marketing and communications at the UConn Foundation, among other leadership roles in nonprofit organizations. “During the selection process, the board was very impressed with his ability to build rapport, his vision for the organization, and his confidence in all the key areas needed to lead it.”
“The tech industry in 2019 is a lot broader than many people realize,” says Slap. “Insurance, financial services, medicine, and manufacturing are all merging with technology in a way that positions Connecticut to thrive in the digital era. The Connecticut Technology Council is a key instrument in this transition. I’m grateful and excited for this opportunity to help lead the organization in its mission of engaging and empowering tech companies and their employees across the state.”
“Our CEO has to be an excellent communicator who can strengthen and expand connections with board members, sponsors, CTC member companies, and the public on behalf of the technology industry in Connecticut,” adds Zygmont, “and we certainly found that in Derek. His experience in public service gives him a deep understanding of our state government, and shows his ability to lead teams and manage budgets effectively.” In addition, Slap is a lecturer at Yale University and previously was an anchor and reporter at NBC Connecticut.
As part of the selection process, Slap outlined a strategy for CTC, which will continue to hold major events celebrating STEM organizations and individuals such as the 15th annual Women of Innovation Awards on March 27, 2019. He presented a plan to build value for CTC’s member organizations and to increase enthusiasm and public knowledge about the technology industry in Connecticut.
This year, the Connecticut Technology Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary of advocating for the tech industry in the state. Bruce Carlson is stepping down as CEO of CTC after 5 years.