Sixty-four candidates have applied for the Chief Executive Officer position at Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise. LITE began advertising nationwide for the position in January. A review of the resumés, obtained through a public records request, shows a number of high-caliber candidates with a wide range of experience, including several who have worked as a CEO or COO.

Among the applicants is Dr. Anshuman Razdan, director of both the Image and 3D Data Exploitation and Analysis Lab and the Advanced Technology Innovation Center at Arizona State University; Elizabeth Holford, an attorney who has worked as an international business consultant; Micheal Cline, Chief Operating Officer of Clinical Resource Network, LLC, in Illinois with both an MBA and a Master’s in IT; Mark Lewis, president of the Louisiana Technology Council in New Orleans; and Roger Stonecipher, a Lafayette native who has worked as CEO of Lineage Power and vice president of Tyco Electronics Power Systems.

Several local candidates are also in the mix. They include LITE’s current interim CEO Henry Florsheim, Firefly Digital President and CEO Mike Spears, Stone Energy mapping and graphics draftsman Christopher Simon, contract tech writer Sir Francis Joseph Richardson, III, Acadian Ambulance Vice President of Business Development Jay Pierret, Baker Hughes, Inc. Business Development Manager Steve Kelly, Professional Consulting Partners owner and partner Shanna Higginbotham, Continuing Medical Education of Acadiana director Lisa Hidalgo, assistant executive director for United Way of Iberia, Inc., Richard Denison, SpatiaX Infosystems CEO Lloyd Charlier and consultant and former Federal Emergency Management Agency executive Tim Burnette.

Officials with LITE’s search committee could not be reached this morning to comment on the timeline for candidate interviews. 

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