Centennial-based entrepreneurial ecosystem Innovation Pavilion recently instituted leadership changes. Kitty Kolding joins Innovation Pavilion as chief executive officer, while Jameel Barkat assumes …
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Centennial-based entrepreneurial ecosystem Innovation Pavilion recently instituted leadership changes.
Kitty Kolding joins Innovation Pavilion as chief executive officer, while Jameel Barkat assumes the chief financial officer role and Jennifer Bustamante was promoted to vice president of national expansion.
Having served as CEO of several organizations, Kolding has a strong background in data, sales, business development and marketing. She founded her first company three decades ago, and has started and led five ventures over her career. Her portfolio includes a commercial real estate research firm, a specialty sales solutions firm, an immersive marketing company, a next-generation marketing platform and most recently, an innovative business dedicated to helping companies unlock value in data.
Her work has focused on the areas of market research, marketing tech, marketing services and data. She also held a series of executive positions at Jupiter Research, where she helped grow revenues to more than $100 million. Most recently, she was CEO of Infocore, where her team of global data sourcing experts worked with Fortune 500 marketers and their agency partners in 90 countries.
Over the years, Kolding has partnered on several projects with Innovation Pavilion.
“I have always been compelled by the brilliant vision that has been at the core of IP. The idea of creating powerful innovation programs that breathe life into the development of fully equipped innovation campuses across the country is unlike any venture I've seen. It's a big, bold vision, and I'm enormously proud to lead this exciting venture,” Kolding said in a news release.
Barkat brings more than 30 years of experience in operational and leadership roles at various aerospace corporations including Boeing and Curtiss-Wright, as well as smaller companies. After joining IP to kickstart an aerospace innovation ecosystem, Barkat initially assumed leadership of the company's corporate and real estate development. In his new role as CFO, he brings expertise in strategic finance, business operations and corporate development.
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