The Mississippi Economic Council has announced the 2015 and 2016 officers for Leadership Mississippi.
Stephanie Patton, Editor/Publisher of The Leland Progress, will serve as Leadership Mississippi Chair for 2015.
Edmond Hughes, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for Ingalls Shipbuilding, will serve as Leadership Mississippi Chair for 2016.
Before purchasing the newspaper in 2011, Patton had a career in marketing and advertising in the national magazine publishing field for over 20 years.
Her last role at Time Inc. was as Vice President of its custom publishing division in Birmingham, AL. She was awarded the Time Inc. President’s Award in 1999 for revenue generation.
Patton serves as the Board President for the Leland Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Delta Council, Past President of the Leland Rotary Club, and Secretary for the Leland Presbyterian Women. She is also an active member on the Mississippi Press Association Board of Directors, United Way of Washington County Board of Directors, the Washington County Economic Development Center Board of Directors, the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Foundation Board of Directors, and the Delta Cotton Belles Board of Directors.
She holds a bachelors degree in News Editorial Journalism from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Originally from West Monroe, La., she now lives in Leland with her husband, Kenner Patton.
Hughes is responsible for leading all aspects of the human resources function related to the attraction, development and retention of the workforce. He was named to this position in March 2006.
Hughes has more than 25 years of human resource and leadership experience with General Motors and TRW Automotive. Before joining Ingalls Shipbuilding, he was Director of Human Resources for the North America Braking and Suspension product line of TRW which included responsibilities for all HR services for 13 manufacturing plants located in three countries.
Hughes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Tougaloo College and an MBA from Indiana University.
He was recognized by The Sun Herald as one of the South Mississippi’s 2011 Outstanding Community Leaders. He serves on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Gulf Coast Business Council and Jobs for Mississippi Graduates. He also serves on the board of trustees for Tougaloo College. Hughes is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Mississippi.
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