MassChallenge appoints Dullea CEO

SIOBHAN DULLEA has been named CEO of MassChallenge. / COURTESY MASSCHALLENGE
SIOBHAN DULLEA has been named CEO of MassChallenge. / COURTESY MASSCHALLENGE

BOSTON – MassChallenge has appointed Sioban Dullea as CEO effective immediately, succeeding John Harthorne.

The company said that since 2016, Dullea has led MassChallenge’s worldwide operations, overseeing the organization’s eight accelerators, and its financial planning and talent development.

Prior to that she held C-level positions at The Grommet and C Space.

Harthorne, who founded MassChallenge, will serve on the nonprofit organization’s board of directors.

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“Throughout my career, I’ve seen the transformative power a community can have when it comes together to support entrepreneurs,” said Dullea. “MassChallenge has been a leader in strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting the highest potential startups, and I am honored to take the reins of such a community-driven organization. I am confident that by working together, we can help entrepreneurs reach their full potential.”

The organization said that Dullea will focus on setting and managing strategy in her role as CEO.

“I have worked with Siobhan Dullea for over 20 years and have watched her have tremendous impact wherever she goes,” said Diane Hessan of the MassChallenge board of directors. “She is an outstanding leader who was critical to our ability to scale C Space globally, and, as she takes the reins at MassChallenge, I am confident she will take the organization to a new and exciting level.”

The organization also recently appointed Hope Hopkins as program director of MassChallenge Rhode Island.