After an impressive corporate career, Elise Cambournac’s next chapter is all about helping the Nashville tech community “reach its full potential,” she said.
Cambournac was named president and CEO of the Greater Nashville Technology Council last month, an organization with members across Middle Tennessee dedicated to growing and connecting the local ecosystem.
She will oversee the Council’s annual budget of approximately $3.3 million and its over 600 member organizations.
She’s been a known entity at the council over her twenty-year tech career. Prior to taking on the executive position, she was an assistant vice president at the Nashville-based healthcare supply chain company Parallon and has worked across the application development and product development space.
She also brings an international perspective to Nashville, having gone to school in Paris and previously worked in India.
Cambournac steps into the seat that Brian Moyer held since 2016.
“Elise has been a part of the greater Nashville tech community for most of the past two decades,” Moyer added in a statement. “She has broad experience in technology, strategic thinking and leadership, and I believe she is perfectly suited to lead the Greater Nashville Technology Council. I am confident that the organization is in good hands to continue on its current growth trajectory and that we can expect great things from Nashville’s tech sector in the coming years.”
Other new appointments at the Council’s leadership level is Sandi Hoff, named chief operating officer, and Alex Curtis, who takes over as chief development officer.
Signs of growth in Nashville Tech
It is a time of unique growth in Nashville, which Cambournac said is easily captured by looking at how many construction-site cranes currently dot the skyline.
Tech firms like Amazon, Facebook, Oracle, NTT Data, Eventbrite, Lyft, Houzz, and Postmates have all opened offices in the city and have promised thousands of new tech-related jobs. Startups have followed along as well. Thnks, GraphitRX, HST Pathways, DARVIS, Yoshi, Smart Pension, Energy Box, Phosphorus Cybersecurity, and Conquest Cyber relocated HQs to the area to take advantage of the tech talent.
The Council estimates that there are over 64,000 tech workers in the region. And that number is likely to continue to increase. A recent study suggests that Nashville has seen the highest rise in the number of college-educated residents compared to any other city.