INFORMS News: INFORMS names new executive director

“I am looking forward to working with the outstanding leadership team, members and staff as we further the association’s mission in the fields of analytics and operations research.”

Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore, a former top executive with two engineering associations, has been named executive director of INFORMS. The INFORMS Board of Directors made the announcement following an extensive nationwide search. Moore takes office April 4, just in time for the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Chicago April 10-12.

“We are excited by the wealth of experience and enthusiasm that Melissa brings to INFORMS,” says INFORMS President Rina Schneur. “This is an exciting time for our field and our association. Operations research and analytics are reaching more and more people in business, government and non-profits. As a result, the role of operations researchers is becoming increasingly important at every organizational level. We believe strongly that as INFORMS’ new executive director, Melissa Moore will help the association grow to meet the needs of experts in business analytics and operations research.”

Moore replaces Interim Executive Director Terry Cryan, who has held the Institute’s top administration post since last July in addition to her duties as director of meetings for INFORMS. Cryan will continue as director of meetings.

“I am delighted and honored to be joining INFORMS, and I am looking forward to working with the outstanding leadership team, members and staff as we further the association’s mission in the fields of analytics and operations research,” Moore said in a statement.

Moore, who hails from St. Joseph, Mich., is a partner with the Delta Communications Group, a consulting business. Previously, she spent 12 years as executive vice president and foundation officer at the St. Joseph-based American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers (ASABE), where she drove strategic leadership and global outreach, nearly tripling the Society’s new members while maintaining high retention rates. Prior to ASABE, she was the executive director of AACE International (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering) in Morganton, W.Va., where her improvements to the association’s publications led to increased revenues and her work with members led to a significant growth in membership. Her association work also includes a term with the American Association of Engineering Societies, based in the Washington, D.C., area.