David Stewart appointed to lead Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority
BY Staff Reports
Friday, November 30, 2012
11/30/12 at 4:48 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed former Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO David Stewart as chief administrative officer of the Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority, which operates the MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor.
Stewart will be the third administrator of OOWA, succeeding Sanders Mitchell, who headed the organization for 35 years before retiring this year.
The authority, created as a state beneficiary public trust in 1960, owns and operates the 9,000-acre industrial park that is home to operations of nearly 80 companies, including Google, Solae, Airgas, Georgia-Pacific and Red Devil.
"David Stewart is an experienced business leader and Oklahoma is fortunate to have him," Fallin said Thursday. "I appreciate the efforts of the MidAmerica board in conducting an extensive search to identify a person with his record of success."
Stewart is the former president and CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses LLC and the wholly owned parent/holding company of the Cherokee Nation, which is charged with economic development, business diversification and with providing shared services across the Cherokee Nation's business entities.
Stewart reached a $2.67 million separation agreement with the Cherokee Nation in April, according to the Osage Nation, which in June appointed him to the board of the Osage Nation's business arm.
A Tulsa resident, Stewart previously served as president of Sunbelt Fire Protection Inc. He also has worked as a certified public accountant.
He holds master's and bachelor's degrees from Oklahoma State University.
Stewart's appointment is effective immediately. The compensation for the position will be set by the authority board.
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David Stewart: He is the former CEO of Cherokee Nations Businesses