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Indianapolis Downtown Inc. leader Zahn stepping down after 19 years

February 16, 2012
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Downtown's chief booster is stepping down.

Indianapolis Downtown Inc. announced Thursday morning that President Tamara Zahn plans to leave her position by June. Zahn was IDI's first president and has been in the post for 19 years.

IDI, a not-for-profit charged with marketing, managing and developing the downtown area, said Zahn would leave once a successor is found. The group set a target date of June.

“This is a good time to make this change,” said Zahn in a prepared statement.  “IDI has achieved significant accomplishments in the past 19 years, culminating in downtown’s peak performance on the world stage during Super Bowl 2012.  We have a strong, experienced staff and an engaged board to keep things moving forward.” she said.

Zahn, 58, said she looks forward to taking a break from a "demanding schedule" and "evaluating opportunities that may capture my imagination."

IDI hired a national executive search firm, DHR International, to find a replacement. Jeff Fusile, senior vice president at WellPoint Inc. and a member of IDI’s executive committee, will lead the search committee.

“Tamara’s leadership has been unmatched and her focus on continuous improvement has resulted in downtown Indianapolis being the envy of cities across the country,” Dennis Sponsel, president of RJE Business Interiors and IDI’s board chairman, said in a prepared statement.

Prior to joining IDI, Zahn ran her own real estate consulting business, Zahn Associates, for 15 years.    

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