The Engineering Society of Detroit has named Robert Magee executive director.
Magee was named interim executive vice president of ESD last August. He was named to the permanent post by a vote of the ESD Board of Directors in late February.
Magee is a veteran executive with 30 years of progressively greater responsibilities at AT&T Advertising Solutions. He worked for the telecommunications company as a general manager, regional vice president, Midwest sales vice president, and vice president of telephone sales, during a career that took him from his native Mississippi to positions in Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, California, and finally, Detroit.
Magee is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.
“Robert Magee has proven capabilities in exceeding financial goals, motivating staff, and strong communications and negotiating skills,” said Kouhaila Hammer, president of the ESD Board of Directors. “His organizational skills will give ESD a strong foundation on which to build its next 120 years of member service and fostering the next generation of engineers and technical professionals. And his leadership skills will inspire both ESD’s dedicated volunteer base and skilled professional staff to even greater achievements.” Hammer is president and CEO of Ghafari Associates LLC, a Dearborn-based architecture, design, engineering and construction planning firm.
“This is a great time to help ESD maintain its leadership position in engineering and technology, and to help Michigan retain its position as the No. 1 state for engineering,” Magee said. “We will be sharply focused on providing valuable services to our members, and to promoting science and engineering careers to Michigan’s youth. We plan to build on successes like our middle school STEM program, Future City – where our Michigan champion, St. John Lutheran School of Rochester, is back-to-back national champion – with new initiatives like active student chapters at Michigan’s top engineering universities. ESD, all things engineering.”