DeSantis Appoints Ken Lawson, Recommends Jamal Sowell for Key Economic Posts
Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he has chosen Ken Lawson to serve as executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), and he will recommend to Enterprise Florida, Inc.'s (EFI) board that its directors appoint Jamal Sowell as their next president and chief executive officer (CEO) for the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration.
Gov. Rick Scott applauded DeSantis' choice of Lawson. “Ken Lawson has been a valuable member of my administration since the beginning of my first term as governor. ... I am confident Ken will continue to faithfully serve our state by working every day to create jobs, so each family can succeed in Florida.”
During Lawson’s career, he has served in numerous leadership positions for several private-sector companies and government agencies, where he balanced the needs of the private sector while protecting public resources. Prior to joining VISIT FLORIDA, he served as secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for six years, where he led a team of 1,600 employees who successfully regulated more than 1 million businesses and professions across Florida.
DeSantis had this to say about Jamal Sowell:
Sowell most recently served as Port Tampa Bay’s chief of staff, where he was responsible for coordinating the operations of the president and CEO’s office, interfacing regularly with Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the State of Florida on critical issues facing the port. Sowell also served as the primary liaison to the governor and state executive branch in his capacity as chief of staff.