CEDAS Welcomes a New Board Member


CEDAS welcomes to the Board Beatriz N. Gutierrez, Executive Director of the Office of Business Development, Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

Ms. Gutierrez joined DECD as the Manager of Domestic and International Business in July 2012. In which, she directed the staff and operations of a business development unit focused on the attraction of new businesses to the State of Connecticut from within the United States and globally. During her tenure she launched DECD’s Concierge Program. The Concierge provides a single point of contact to assist businesses with access to the wide array of resources available to them to strengthen their competitive position in the global economy. In May 2015, Ms. Gutierrez was promoted to the position of Executive Director of the Office of Business development. 

In this role, she assumes responsibility for the Offices of Business Development, International Affairs and Film and Digital Media. Ms. Gutierrez leads a dedicated Business Development team that works with internal and external partners to bolster the attraction, retention and creation of Connecticut-based jobs by implementing DECD’s financial incentive and technical assistance programs.

Ms. Gutierrez has extensive experience in the private sector and brings strong business management skills to DECD. She began her career at Wisconsin Electric in 1989 as an Electrical Engineer and advanced into various marketing and quality management positions in the areas of business-to-business global marketing, business development, and Lean/Six Sigma based process improvement. She held management positions at companies such as Rockwell Automation, General Electric and Gerber Scientific where she acted as Executive Director of Marketing and General Manager of Consumable Products for their optical business.

Ms. Gutierrez graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business in Chicago, Illinois. She has taught at Central Connecticut State University as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and has maintained a consulting practice in the areas of business management and quality improvement both domestically and internationally. Ms. Gutierrez is a certified Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt.


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