Corinne "Corie" Curtis has been named interim executive director of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's Greater Charlotte Office.
Curtis is overseeing daily operations of the NCBiotech office she joined in 2011 as regional coordinator.
Marjorie Benbow, who became the original executive director of the office when it was opened more than six years ago, left earlier this month to become managing director of Wake Forest University's Charlotte campus.
"We are delighted that we had someone with Corie's background and abilities on our team, ready and able to move into this leadership role for the Charlotte area's life-science community," said Steve Casey, vice president of Statewide Operations for NCBiotech. "The Greater Charlotte region is key to some of the state's most promising fields of life-science growth, such as bioinformatics and nanotechnology, which bolster its well-known base in nutritional and translational research. Corie provides important continuity to our pursuit of these kinds of opportunities."
Before moving to Charlotte, Curtis was executive director of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown. The Falconer native holds a degree in advertising and communications from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. In June 1996, she began work as the university's institutional relations coordinator before becoming its director of special events in November 1996. She spent nearly three years as the university's director of advancement relations before moving to Hospitality Wares Inc. in 2005 as its executive director of operations. In 2007, she became the general manager at Invision Products.
For three years until 2008, she served as the volunteer executive director of the Feed Their Dreams Children's Foundations.