21st Century Partnership to start search for new leader next week

wcrenshaw@macon.comApril 4, 2014 

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Retired Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon speaks to the members of the 21st Century Partnership in June 2012 after being named president and CEO of the organization. The partnership announced Thursday that McMahon is stepping down from that position, effective May 4.

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WARNER ROBINS -- With a Base Realignment and Closure Commission looming, the 21st Century Partnership hopes to move quickly on the search for a replacement for retired Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon.

McMahon is leaving the partnership May 4 to pursue “another opportunity,” according to a release, but exactly what that is hasn’t been disclosed. Chrissy Miner, chief of operations for the partnership, said McMahon would not be granting interviews about his departure or future at this time.

However, she said an announcement about what he will be doing is expected sometime next week. She added that McMahon wouldn’t be the one making the announcement.

Brad Fink, chairman of the partnership’s board, said he plans to have a meeting with board members and community leaders next week to begin developing a list of candidates to replace McMahon.

He said there is no time line for making the hire, and the partnership isn’t necessarily determined to hire someone before McMahon’s departure.

“We are going to jump on the process quickly, but we are not going to rush the process,” Fink said. “I think we’ve got a very solid foundation at the partnership now. I don’t think we will skip a beat.”

McMahon has served as president and CEO of the partnership since Sept. 1, 2012, following his retirement as commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.

Fink said having a military background and Washington connections would be among qualities the board would look for in a replacement, but those would not necessarily be requirements.

“We will look at the total package and make the right fit,” he said.

Fink said McMahon did much to help the partnership grow during his tenure and communicate the importance of being proactive about protecting the base from cuts.

“Gen. McMahon was just perfect timing for Robins and perfect timing for the 21st Century Partnership,” Fink said.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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