Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday recommended Ken Stewart, director of the state’s Forestry Commission, to lead Georgia’s Department of Economic Development.
He will replace Craig Lesser, who is leaving Dec. 31 after 30 months at the helm. Stewart must be approved by the state board of economic development, which is expected to hold a special meeting to consider his appointment before the end of the year
Stewart has led the forestry commission since 2004. He oversaw Georgia’s 24 million acres of forest land. Perdue praised his work creating markets for innovative new products, such as biofuels, in the global marketplace. Prior to taking his current state post, Stewart was vice president at Unisource Worldwide Inc. He also held various management positions at Georgia Pacific and served as a company commander in the Army National Guard.