Louisville Metro Government says two key leaders plan to leave, but the replacements have already have been named.
Mayor Greg Fischer said today that Grace Simrall, founder of iGlass Analytics and former executive director of innovation for Intel Care Innovations, is replacing Ted Smith in the role. And Theresa Reno-Weber will leave her post as the city’s chief of performance and technology, to be replaced by Daro Mott, who now is chief innovation officer for a county in Ohio.
Fischer also said at a news conference Wednesday morning that he is creating an innovation advisory council for the city, which will work from a new collaboration space called Louie Lab at 745 Main St. on Museum Row. Both Smith and Reno-Weber will serve on the council.
Fischer said “continuous improvement and innovation are bedrocks” of the city.
Smith is returning to the private sector as CEO of Revon Systems LLC, a health technology company based in Crestwood that uses artificial intelligence technology in clinical trials and health care. The company is working on a SmartCOPD app, which tells users whether a flare-up is imminent, and is considering monetizing it as a prescription digital therapeutic.
“The opportunity to serve Mayor Fischer and the caring people of Louisville through the innovation leadership role was deeply rewarding, and I look forward to serving further as a citizen-scientist and health-focused entrepreneur,” Smith said in a news release. He begins his new role Sept. 1.
Smith said in an interview that Revon’s previous CEO, Dr. Jeroen Schouten, has returned to his home in Holland and will continue to be connected with the company in an advisory role. He also will help with a potential European expansion of the company.
While with the city, Smith helped create the AirLouisville program, in which asthma inhalers are given GPS devices as a way to track health data, and founded Code Louisville, a coding-skills training program for residents. He also has been heavily involved in efforts to expand high-speed internet access to the city, including working with Google Fiber.
Originally published in Louisville Business First