Spark’s Krutko elected president of innovation group

ANN ARBOR — Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor Spark, has been elected the new International President of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation board of directors.

His presidency began at the association’s recently concluded 35th World Conference in Isfahan, Iran.

Paul Krutko. Ann Arbor Spark photo.

Krutko took over from outgoing president Josep Piqué at the conference closing ceremony Sept. 5. Krutko previously held the position of IASP vice president for two years. He leads the IASP International Board, which is made up of 18 members from 13 different countries.

“IASP focuses on the role areas of innovation play in helping regions take advantage of new opportunities for the future,” Krutko said. “As we’ve experienced in Ann Arbor, ‘living laboratories’ in the city, supported by public-private co-financing, can expedite the implementation of innovation in these areas. Being chosen to lead the IASP board is the opportunity to learn from and share ideas with my colleagues whose expertise in making innovation a core tenant of economic development is unparalleled.”

In addition to his leadership of IASP, Krutko has served as chair of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He was designated an Honorary Life Member of IEDC in 2013.

With 347 members in 77 countries, IASP connects professionals managing science, technology and research parks and other areas of innovation from across the globe, and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for members.

Ann Arbor Spark is the economic development agency for Washtenaw and Livingston counties. More at

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