Ginny Lang Races to a Fast Start as OBI Interim President

Published Thursday, April 19, 2018

When Ginny Lang stepped in last week to become Interim President of Oregon Business & Industry (OBI), she already was familiar with many of the people, organizations and issues that will help determine whether OBI is successful. That knowledge has allowed her to hit the ground running as OBI seeks to better serve members and encourage successful policy solutions to Oregon’s challenges. 

Well, actually, it’s been more like driving a car into the Daytona 500 midrace. And Lang doesn’t plan to slow down.

“This is an important year for Oregon with Legislative and statewide elections as well as preparation for the 2019 Session,” Lang said. “The business community has too much at stake for OBI to be anything less than fully engaged and effective. I will work with the board, members and staff to make sure that happens.”

Lang, a respected former executive with CenturyLink, has the knowledge and experience to deliver on her promise. She was a longtime Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) board member and veteran of more than 30 years working on public policy in Salem for Oregon businesses.

In a little more than a week, Lang already has met with staff, Legislators, and key OBI partners; attended meetings of the OBI PAC and Foundation boards as well as Oregon Business Plan and Oregon Business Council; and continued work she already had started as a consultant reviewing OBI’s structure and hiring needs. Next steps include working with policy staff to make sure OBI continues to move forward in developing proactive solutions to issues likely to be at the forefront of the 2019 Session and enhancing membership services.

Lang, originally from Spokane, has lived in Oregon since 1973. During much of that time she has represented businesses in government affairs. Her love for Oregon and appreciation for the importance of job-creating businesses in maintaining the state’s quality of life give her motivation to succeed in her new role at OBI. “This is important work, and I care about it," she told The Oregonian/OregonLive in an interview last week.

To read The Oregonian/OregonLive article, click here.