Gov. Mary Fallin has named Secretary of State Larry V. Parman to lead the state Commerce Department and become her secretary of commerce.
Both positions require Senate confirmation.
“Larry is a skilled manager and an experienced businessman,” Fallin said in a statement. “He knows how to manage an agency, deliver better services, and ensure that every dollar of taxpayer money is being put to good use.
“He also understands the business world, and will be able to work with our partners in the private sector to improve on our business climate and help bring more and better jobs to Oklahoma. I know he will be an excellent leader at the Department of Commerce and continue to be a great asset for the state of Oklahoma.”
Parman will step down as secretary of state on Nov. 1 after holding the position since March.
Before becoming secretary of state, Parman served as CEO of Parman & Easterday, an Oklahoma City estate planning, elder law and business planning law firm.
He also served as president of The Hawthorn Group, an Alexandria, Va.-based public affairs firm, as well as president and CEO of the Oklahoma-based financial holding firm Trencor Inc. Parman has also been a partner in Notch It UP Strategies, a firm that offers marketing and executive development programs to business owners and executives.
“Governor Fallin has outlined an aggressive agenda to promote job growth and investment in the state of Oklahoma,” Parman said in a statement. “I am looking forward to using all the tools available to the Department of Commerce to help attract and retain businesses and create more opportunities for our citizens.”
Parman will replace Vaughn Clark, who has been acting executive director of the agency since September when Dave Lopez left to take on the post of interim superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools.
In his new role, Parman will oversee the day-to-day operations of the agency and will act as a liaison to the governor. He will continue to be a senior policy adviser to Fallin.