Ronda Sauget appointed new Leadership Council executive director

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has appointed Ronda Sauget as its next executive director.

Sauget will succeed current executive director Ellen Krohne, who will step down Nov. 30 after more than three years leading the member-based economic development corporation that represents Madison and St. Clair counties.

Sauget said, “Ellen Krohne’s work has been fabulous and we look forward to keeping that momentum going in our region with more economic growth as we move forward.”

Sauget has more than 20 years experience in executive management in the metro-east area and has served on the Leadership Council’s executive committee since 2011 and served as the committee’s president in 2013.

“It’s certainly an exciting opportunity to work with motivated and engaged members and some of the most impressive leaders on the Leadership Council,” Sauget said. “I look forward to working with the members and leadership. Our members bring key initiatives moving the organization forward, and my role is to really help that process be as successful as we have been.”

Sauget has worked as president of business consultation firm Validus Business Strategies LLC in Millstadt and is the former executive director of Archview Economic Development Corp. in Centreville. She is also a former senior vice president and director of competitive intelligence research at Fleishman Hillard in St. Louis.

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois President Mike Riley said Sauget has provided “thoughtful counsel and input” as a member of the council’s executive committee during the past several years.

“She understands our organization, is deeply committed to this region and has a passion for achieving the strategic objectives of the Leadership Council,” Riley said. “We are thrilled to welcome her as our new executive director.”

She understands our organization, is deeply committed to this region and has a passion for achieving the strategic objectives of the Leadership Council.

Mike Riley, president of Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

Sauget has served as an adjunct professor at GHW School of Business and Technology at Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo. since 2010 also has served as an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University-Belleville. She holds a Master of Business Administration in finance and marketing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Doctorate of Management in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership from Webster University.

She has earned numerous awards for her work in the marketing and communications. In 2008, Sauget was named the winner of the “Winning Women Executives Influencing Now” Regional Economic Development Award for her contributions to economic development in the St. Louis region.

Sauget said she will focus on continued efforts to strengthen Scott Air Force Base’s role in the nation’s military and the recently announced Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence, which will provide area students training for cyber security-related careers. She will also direct her efforts toward further developing and maintaining the region’s multi-modal transportation infrastructure and continue to work collaboratively with legislators and community leaders.

“I think there are exciting opportunities as we look to the future,” she said. “I’m really excited about working with every member in the region and our partners, engaging with our community leaders and just working with everyone from elected officials and legislators across the board.”