DiBiase named CEO and president

PROVIDENCE – Michael DiBiase has been named president and CEO of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, succeeding John C. Simmons, the nonprofit public policy and research group announced on Tuesday.

DiBiase is currently director of the R.I. Department of Administration, a position he has held since 2015. His appointment is effective Jan. 1.

“A strong pool of candidates came forward; however, throughout the interview process, it became quite clear to the members of the search committee that Michael DiBiase was the most qualified person to move RIPEC in the direction determined by our board,” said Johnson & Wales University Chancellor Mim L. Runey, who serves as the chair of the RIPEC board of directors. “We look forward to Mike, as the public face of RIPEC, having an active presence at the Statehouse, in the community and on social and traditional media, working to enhance the understanding between government and the private sector.”

Simmons, who announced his retirement earlier this year, has served as president and CEO of RIPEC since 2008.

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