For Immediate Release
CLEVELAND (May 19, 2020) – The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) announced today that Eric Schnur, president and chief executive officer of The Lubrizol Corporation, has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors. The Board will subsequently nominate Schnur in December to assume the role of GCP Board Chair with his term commencing in January 2021.
“We are extremely pleased that Eric accepted our invitation to serve as the next Chair of the GCP Board,” said Scott Chaikin, Executive Chairman, Dix & Eaton and current GCP Board Chair. “He will be stepping into this role during a very crucial time for our region. His leadership, foresight, and strong business acumen will be integral and invaluable as we collaborate with economic development partners across Northeast Ohio to support and promote economic recovery and growth.”
Schnur joined Lubrizol in 1987 as a co-operative education student and was hired full time in 1989 as a development engineer in the R&D division. He has held a variety of positions across numerous product lines and locations within Lubrizol. Most recently Schnur was president and chief operating officer prior to assuming his current role.
Lubrizol is one of the region’s largest, most successful, and civically involved companies in the region. Lubrizol has been a strong supporter and proponent for economic development for more than 50 years – starting out as members of GCP’s predecessor organization, Cleveland Tomorrow. Schnur joined the GCP Board of Directors when he assumed his leadership role at Lubrizol in January 2017. In addition to his Board seat, Schnur serves on the GCP Executive Committee and the Cleveland Innovation Project Steering Committee. Many of his Lubrizol colleagues are also engaged in various GCP initiatives.
"I am honored by this opportunity to contribute to an organization that is constantly focused on creating positive business conditions that improve the economic prosperity of the region,” said Schnur. “The work of economic development is critical and an organization like GCP provides the creativity and resources to successfully lead the development and implementation of a powerful and inclusive strategic vision for the region. I look forward to more closely collaborating with my colleagues on the GCP Board and our partners at other economic development institutions to make a positive impact on Northeast Ohio.”