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Sebelius Seeks to Continue Growth of Kansas Economy

Location: Topeka, KS

Sebelius Seeks to Continue Growth of Kansas Economy

Governor Sebelius appoints three to Kansas, Inc.

The Kansas economy is growing and creating jobs, and helping diversify our economy will be key to continued job creation, Governor Kathleen Sebelius said in announcing the appointment of John Pilla, and the reappointment of Donna Johnson and Wil Leiker to Kansas Inc.

"We've seen good growth in the economy, and as a result more Kansans have jobs. The fact that we've had 20 straight months of job growth is evidence that we're on the right track," said Governor Sebelius.

"Our investments in a well-educated workforce and high-tech industries will be key to our continued success, which is why the work of Kansas Inc., is so important," she said.

Kansas, Inc., is tasked with helping Kansas build a strong, diversified economy by promoting existing industries and recruiting new industries to Kansas. Subject to confirmation by the Senate, each appointment will serve a four-year term.

Pilla, Wichita, is the vice-president/general manager-787 of Spirit Aerosystems, Inc. He worked for The Boeing Company since 1981, beginning as a first level manager and stress analyst. In 1995, he was promoted to chief engineer of structures and liaison. The new Boeing 787 Program brought an assignment as director of product definition and manufacturing in 2003. Pilla assumed his current position upon the divestiture of the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Division in 2005.

Johnson, Lawrence, has been president of Pinnacle Technology, Inc., and Agro-Plastics, Inc., since 1995. She has served as president of the Kansas Energy Education Foundation and a member of the Kansas Renewable Energy Working Group. Since 2002, Johnson has been an external member of the Kansas Energy Resources Coordination Council, and since 2004, she has been a member of the Kansas Energy Council.

Leiker, Topeka, is the executive vice president of the Kansas AFL-CIO. He is a member of the Kansas Workplace Safety Coalition, Kansas Employment Security Council and the Kansas Workers Compensation Advisory Council. Leiker is past president of the Kansas State Industrial Union Council.

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