Orange County Business Council Appoints Jeffrey Ball as its New President and CEO
Irvine, CA – November 19, 2021 – Orange County Business Council (OCBC) today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Ball as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
An accomplished executive and financial industry leader with experience in both the private and public sector, Ball currently serves as President and CEO at Friendly Hills Bank in Whittier. In that role, he utilized his entrepreneurial abilities to lead the bank through its initial founding, state and federal bank charter status, Initial Public Offering, development of new products and services, and continual revenue growth.
Ball, a longtime Huntington Beach resident, will now leverage this experience to guide OCBC’s future growth and elevate its position as one of the region’s most influential voices and trusted advocates for the business community. Ball replaces Lucy Dunn, who announced her retirement in July and departs on Dec. 31 after 16 years of leading the organization.
“It is an honor and a privilege to have this opportunity to lead OCBC and follow in the footsteps of the impactful contributions made by Lucy Dunn,” Ball said. “She has built and widened the Council’s leadership position as the voice of Orange County’s businesses in the region and California on many critical issues. I look forward to continuing that leadership as we address the many opportunities and challenges of the next decade.”
Dunn praised the selection of Ball, describing him as a passionate service-minded leader who has a strong belief in OCBC’s pro-business mission.
“I am thrilled that Jeff has decided to devote the next chapter of his career to lead OCBC and advance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity,” Dunn said. “I am very proud and honored to pass the torch to Jeff. He will undoubtedly take OCBC and our nation’s sixth largest county to new heights.”
A five-member OCBC Search Committee, headed up by two past board chairs, recommended Ball following extensive interviews with a diverse cross section of candidates during the three-month search. The full OCBC Board of Directors unanimously approved Ball’s appointment as the new President and CEO on Thursday. Irvine-based McDermott + Bull helped facilitate the executive search.
“Finding an executive who can step into the OCBC CEO role and build on Lucy’s track record of accomplishments and effective leadership was a difficult assignment,” said Jena Jensen, chairwoman of the OCBC Board of Directors. “But in the end, the search committee’s diligence and commitment to find the best possible candidate paid off. I am excited and energized to welcome Jeff to OCBC. I am confident he will continue the tradition of strategic vision and impact OCBC is known for regionally and statewide.”
Throughout his career, Ball has advanced community development initiatives and successfully advocated for improvements to policies on a state and national level through active engagement with all sides of the political spectrum.
“I have been fortunate to work with great professionals serving a variety of businesses throughout my career, while advocating for their importance to the communities that they serve,” Ball said. “I look forward to continuing that legacy with OCBC and its staff as we embrace change and build for the future in Orange County and throughout the state.”
Ball currently serves on the Board of Directors for Friendly Hills Bank, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, the Western Bankers Association and technology-focused company Data Center, Inc. He is also a member by appointment of the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission of the California State Bar and the Government Relations Administrative Committee for the American Bankers Association, both of which he previously chaired. Ball is also a Past Chair of the California Bankers Association.
In Orange County, Ball served on the OCBC board between 2003 and 2006 and is a current and active member of the OCBC Economic Forecast Committee alongside Dunn. Ball also founded Kinetic Academy, a K-8 charter school located in Huntington Beach, where he currently serves as Vice Chair. He also previously served as a board member for Junior Achievement of Orange County.
Orange County Business Council (OCBC) represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC is comprised of the region’s most influential global businesses and organizations, working to assure effective investment in infrastructure, an advanced education system that produces skilled workers, growth of venture capital and high-tech companies, and housing solutions for the workforce. OCBC membership is comprised of some of the world’s largest global corporate leaders as well as representation from local government and academia.
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