Van Meter Inc. (Cedar Rapids, Iowa): Lura McBride has been appointed president and CEO by the company’s board of directors. She joined Van Meter in 2008 as V.P.of organizational effectiveness and was promoted to COO in 2010. In that role, McBride had responsibility for the operational functions of the business, including distribution, sales support, information technology, facilities, marketing and business planning, and organizational effectiveness.
“I believe that Van Meter is not just a place to work. It’s a place to grow and learn. It’s a place to make a
difference,” said McBride. “My time at Van Meter has been life changing and I am honored to now represent our employee-owners as president and CEO. My focus will be on taking the innovative ideas of our employee-owners, changing needs of our customers, and opportunities presented by our supplier partners and shaping them into a vision and plan for our future.”
Prior to joining Van Meter, McBride led an operations team at Accenture in Chicago, IL, where her group defined business strategies and aligned people, processes and technology to achieve goals for the office of the COO. She holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Iowa as well as a Mini MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.