PRESS RELEASE: CED Welcomes 10 Distinguished New Members to its Board of Directors

Raleigh, NC — October 17, 2023 — The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), a renowned champion of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Triangle region, is thrilled to announce the appointment of 10 new members to its Board of Directors. These esteemed individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise to further advance CED’s mission to bolster high-growth companies as they scale in our thriving startup ecosystem.


Susan Cook

Scott Uknes

Karl Rectanus
General Manager, Platform & SVP, K-12

Ryan Bethencourt
Wild Earth


Mahati Sridhar
Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund

Allan Tear 
Managing Partner
RevUp Capital

Mariliis Holm
Co-Founder & Partner
Sustainable Food Ventures

Shila Nieves Burney
Founder, Managing Partner
Zane Venture Fund

Ecosystem Partners

Jackie Mancini
VP, Trade Strategy and Operations
CVS Health

Lilyn Hester
Head of External Affairs, Southeast

The Board elected Tim Wilson, formerly with SAS and Ronnie Eubanks, Cherry Bekaert to serve as officers with Chairman Bill Spruill, 2ndF. They will join Michelle Egger, Tim McLoughlin, Galen Robertson, Susan Cook, Scott Uknes, and Karl Rectanus on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Officers and members of the Executive Committee serve one-year terms. 

CED’s CEO, Kelly Rowell, expressed her enthusiasm for the addition of these accomplished individuals to the board, stating, “I am personally thrilled to welcome these new board members, many of whom have been working diligently with CED behind the scenes for some time. Their commitment strengthens our army of resources that directly impact the success of our startup ecosystem by supporting high-growth companies as they scale. The diverse backgrounds and experiences of our new directors will undoubtedly fortify our efforts and further our commitment to nurturing entrepreneurship in the Triangle region.”

The Chairman of the Board, Bill Spruill, a prominent Tech Founder who has directly benefited from CED’s mission, echoed Rowell’s sentiment, “As a direct beneficiary of CED’s support, I am dedicated to growing the ecosystem by engaging resources united in serving the next generation of startup founders scaling across the Triangle region. With our newly appointed directors, we are confident in the collective strength we possess to make a substantial impact on the regional startup landscape.”

CED remains at the forefront of fostering innovation, networking, and collaboration within the entrepreneurial community. The addition of these 10 accomplished leaders to its board underscores the organization’s ongoing commitment to the growth and success of high-growth companies across the Triangle region.

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About CED:

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is a network of entrepreneurs, investors, and partners that work together to support high-impact, high-growth companies in the Triangle region of North Carolina. CED’s mission is to strengthen the entrepreneurial and innovation community by connecting entrepreneurial companies with the resources they need to grow and scale.

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Kelly Rowell, CEO
Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)

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