Houston CDO Andy Icken resigns after 18 years

Houston Chief Development Officer Andy Icken resigned from his position March 8. Originally promoted by former Mayor Annise Parker in March 2010, Icken held the role for 14 years. His nearly 18-year-long career spanned four administrations, beginning as deputy director of Houston’s Public Works Department.

His last day in the role was March 8. Icken nor the city of Houston have given a reason for his resignation.

As chief development officer, Icken was responsible for promoting the city’s economic growth and recruiting businesses and investors. The Economic Development Division promotes city initiatives and economic tools for businesses looking to relocate or expand in Houston.

Icken is the latest high-profile leadership change in Houston, which has shifted dramatically since Mayor John Whitmire took office in January. The mayor’s office has not released an official timeline to replace Icken.

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