Ann Marie Stieritz has been named chief impact officer for Liberty Fellowship. Stieritz is currently the president and CEO of the S.C. Council on Competitiveness but will vacate that job at the end of February.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina board Chairman Ed Sellers will assume the role of interim CEO of the council, effective March 1.
“It’s been a fantastic privilege to serve the council these past three years.” Stieritz said in a statement. “I’m proud of the team we’ve built and the collaborative partnerships we’ve fostered that truly make a difference in expanding the economic prosperity of South Carolina.”
With the Liberty Fellowship, Stieritz will be responsible for building and strengthening solutions designed and implemented by fellows who are working to advance South Carolina in the areas of public policy, education, health and wellness, economic development and environment.
“Ann Marie is widely recognized for building collaborations and marshaling resources that move South Carolina forward on various fronts,” said Hayne Hipp, Liberty Fellowship co-founder. “Overlaying her expertise with the ongoing efforts by Fellows to effect change on issues critical to South Carolinians will be powerful.”
Stieritz is a member of the Liberty Fellowship class of 2016.
“We have a corps of 270 fellows selected for Liberty Fellowship for their passion for South Carolina and their ability to get things done here,” said Luanne Runge, Liberty Fellowship president and CEO. “Bringing on Ann Marie to amplify these efforts across the state will have far-reaching, tangible results and signals a tipping point as we build on the fellows’ strategic collective impact in South Carolina.”
Sellers, currently the executive committee chairman of the S.C. Council on Competitiveness, retired in 2010 as CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
In 2004, Sellers helped form the council, marking the first time South Carolina’s business, government, and academic leadership came together to address long-term competitiveness factors.
“Never has there been a more important time to have an organization focusing on South Carolina’s economic future,” said Sellers, an inductee of the S.C. Business Hall of Fame. “I am very excited about the current opportunities we have to help our state, our industries and our citizens be more economically competitive.”