BATON ROUGE – Howard Sanders, the former vice president of operations for Sonitrol Corporation, is the new director of the Office of Workforce Development for the Louisiana Workforce Commission, LWC Executive Director Tim Barfield announced today.
Sanders replaces Stacy Bonnaffons, who has left the LWC for a position with the Louisiana Recovery Authority to help the state’s ongoing recovering from hurricanes.
“I would like to thank Stacy for her efforts and dedication to reforming workforce development over the past year and wish her much success in her new position,” Barfield said.
Sanders is a Louisiana native and LSU graduate who had been transferred to Sonitrol’s head office in Dallas. He began his career with Sonitrol, a nationwide electronic security company, as general manager of the company’s Baton Rouge and Lafayette operations.
“Howard brings to our agency a strong business and operations background that will allow him to step in and quickly take over the leadership of our workforce development initiatives,” Barfield said. “We’re very happy to have one of Louisiana’s best and brightest return to work with us.”
As director of the Office of Workforce Development, Sanders will be responsible for the continued development and implementation of comprehensive workforce reform initiatives championed by Gov. Jindal and approved unanimously by the Louisiana Legislature in 2008.
The LWC also is joined by Cathy Breaux, the new deputy director of the LWC’s Customized Workforce Solutions Group, responsible for working with industry sectors and major stakeholders to develop solutions that require coordination of resources that are beyond the level of individual labor market areas to address on their own.
Cathy has been working for Louisiana Economic Development for 25 years, the last 14 of them directly in the workforce development area. Part of her role will be to act as a liaison with LED to ensure the two agencies continue their alignment in both workforce and economic development initiatives.
“Howard and Cathy bring critical knowledge, experience and ability to the Workforce Commission and allow us to push the pace of our reform and customer service initiatives,” Barfield said.
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