A former telephone executive has been tabbed to help Gov. Mary Fallin in her efforts to improve the state's economy by creating more jobs.
Fallin on Wednesday named Dave Lopez, former president of SBC Communications — now AT&T — in Oklahoma and Texas to serve as commerce secretary.
Lopez, of Oklahoma City, is a longtime civic and community leader. He serves as president of the American Fidelity Foundation, a charitable organization that gives grants for economic development, education, human services and the arts. Before joining the foundation, he served as president of Downtown Oklahoma City Inc.
About his experience
Lopez serves on numerous boards including the American Fidelity Corp., Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation and BancFirst Corp.
He also previously served as president of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable and was a co-chairman on the steering committee for the EDGE research fund. The Economic Development Generating Excellence Endowment fund generates money for research projects.
“He comes with a wealth of knowledge, civic involvement and certainly leadership,” Fallin said.
“I've said from day one, my main focus as governor will be to improve our economy and work to create more jobs and opportunities for Oklahomans,” she said. “The secretary of commerce will play an important role in that process.”