After two and a half years at the helm, Heather Kenyon is stepping down as president and CEO of the 300-plus member Tampa Bay Technology Forum, the principal advocacy group for the regional technology industry. The decision reflects what TBTF called "an ongoing evolution in the organization's direction." Chase Stockon, CEO of Panther International and the current chairman of TBTF, will jointly oversee the daily operations of the organization with officers and staff until an interim leader is named.
"The Tampa Bay Technology Forum is changing to better meet the expectations of our member companies, increase the value we deliver to them, and provide better statewide, national and international visibility to the region's technology sector," Stockon said in a statement. "Heather has served this organization and our technology community well. She shepherded key workforce initiatives that are addressing major talent issues our industry is facing. We have no doubt that she will be very successful in her next role."
Reached by telephone, Kenyon said she had been informed Wednesday morning that she was being let go, adding that she had been given no specific performance reasons. She said she was disappointed because she felt that TBTF had done good things under her watch and there was more to accomplish. She said she was considering her options but has no specific plans at this point.