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MDA names temporary replacements to key positions

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In the wake of two departures this week, Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr., has named two members of the agency as temporary replacements.

Daron Wilson is the interim director of Visit Mississippi, and Jeff Rent has taken the role of interim chief marketing officer.

Wilson replaces restaurateur Mal White, who held the position since 2012, and Rent, who has been manager of public relations and media for two years, replaces Marlo Dorsey as chief marketing officer. Her departure was announced on Thursday, the day after White’s.

Wilson has been with MDA since 2008. He had been MDA’s disaster recovery chief operating officer, where he helped oversee more than $5.4 billion in Hurricane Katrina disaster recovery funds. Wilson also has oversight of state-owned ports, which include the Port of Gulfport and Yellow Creek Port.

Rent has been with MDA for more than two years as the public relations and media manager. Before joining the agency he worked as the director of external affairs for Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Rent is also a former broadcast meteorologist and has worked for television stations in several states.

Wilson and Rent will assume their new roles on Monday.

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