(MANKATO, Minn) - Greater Mankato Growth is naming an interim President/CEO to take over when Jonathan Zierdt steps down next month.

Dr. Robert Hoffman will be GMG's leader over the next five to seven months.

He's served on the organization's board before in 2013 and 2014. Hoffman is currently on the Minnesota State Board.

GMG says Hoffman is requesting that he not be considered for the position full–time.

Zierdt will spend the next three weeks with his successor to help with the transition before Zierdt leaves his post on March 15.

GMG is hosting a celebration to honor Zierdt’s contributions to the community at the Verizon Center on Friday, March 1 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The event is open to the public.

----KEYC News 12