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Tech Museum of Innovation Names Interim CEO

Press Release Date 
Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Tech Museum of Innovation today announced that Sheila Grinell, a longtime science center executive, has accepted the position of interim CEO until the search for retired CEO Peter Giles' replacement is complete. Ms. Grinell brings over 30 years of industry experience to the position, having most recently retired as founding President and CEO of the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. Grinell will lead all of The Tech's strategic and operational activities, reporting directly to the Board of Directors. She begins on Monday, September 26. Meredith Taylor, current President of The Tech Museum of Innovation, is resigning her position effective October 7, 2005. Taylor joined The Tech in July 2002 as Chief Operating Officer, and recently stepped up to lead The Tech until a new CEO was named. "After reviewing the challenges and opportunities which science centers are facing these days, the Search Committee and I agreed that it would be best for The Tech to be led by someone with far deeper experience in the fields of science and technology," stated Ms. Taylor. "I'm proud of that which we've accomplished at The Tech during a trying economic and social climate, and am delighted to hand off the leadership to such a respected museum industry leader for this interim role." "We are grateful to Meredith for her leadership of The Tech and for her assistance in this process," stated Michael L. Hackworth, Chairman of The Tech's Board of Directors. "We will miss Meredith, whose contributions over the past three years both as Chief Operating Officer and over the last ten months as President have been critical for the continuing success of The Tech. Meredith has been a powerful force in steering the strategic and operational initiatives of the institution, resulting in year over year attendance growth the past two years." "Sheila Grinell's proven leadership at the Arizona Science Museum is a similar project in scale to The Tech Museum of San Jose," said Mr. Hackworth. "Her breadth of direct industry experience will serve the Board and staff of The Tech Museum well during the remaining search period." Mr. Hackworth also reported that the CEO search, while a lengthy process, is continuing with several qualified candidates in the queue, and could well be wrapped up by year-end; the time expected at the onset of the search. "Finding qualified candidates to lead this unique institution in this very special place we call Silicon Valley is no small challenge. Our standards are high but our opportunity is exciting as well. We have a strong staff, thanks to both Peter Giles and Meredith Taylor, and everyone is excited and committed to the opportunity The Tech has to deliver high value in our greater community and beyond." Sheila Grinell Sheila Grinell retired in 2004 after eleven years as President and CEO of The Arizona Science Museum. During that period she developed strategy, funding and facility design, and recruited staff for a new $50,000,000 Science Center. The blockbuster new 140,000 square foot institution has attracted an average of over 400,000 visitors per year over the last six years. Additionally, Ms Grinell served as a founding staff member of The Exploratorium in San Francisco, and was Executive Director of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) for a number of years. About The Tech Museum of Innovation Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. For more information, visit or call (408) 294-TECH.