Leslie Cedar Named Executive Director and CEO of Texas Exes

June 3, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — Leslie Cedar has been named the new executive director and CEO of Texas Exes, the alumni association for The University of Texas at Austin. Cedar will succeed Jim Boon, who announced last July that he would step down after 16 years to lead the newly formed Texas Exes Scholarship Foundation.

Cedar has most recently served as senior vice president of strategic alliances for Rearden Commerce, Inc., a leading e-commerce platform company based in Silicon Valley. She joined Ketera Technologies, which Rearden acquired in 2010, in early 2003 and was responsible for the acquisition of many of their longstanding enterprise client relationships and partnerships. She has more than 13 years of experience in major revenue-management roles across sales, marketing, business development, account management, and services in consulting and software firms.

Leslie Cedar

Before her time at Ketera and Rearden, Cedar was a director at ICG Commerce, a hybrid technology and procurement outsourcing firm, responsible for sales execution and services delivery. She was also a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting and began her career in architecture and teaching.

Cedar is from Texas and received a B.S. in architectural studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989 and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business in 1998.

A search committee comprised of former presidents and the president-elect of the association conducted an extensive search for the next executive director.

Current Texas Exes president and search committee chair Richard Leshin said, "The committee feels confident that Leslie will best continue the strong leadership of the Texas Exes, exemplified by Jim Boon and his predecessors. We look forward to seeing Leslie implement her vision for the association."

Cedar will begin her tenure in late June as the sixth executive director and the first female executive director in Texas Exes' 125-year history.

The Texas Exes was founded in 1885. The mission of the Texas Exes is to unite, inform and involve alumni and friends for the purpose of promoting, protecting and preserving The University of Texas at Austin. Today there are about 93,000 members whom the association strives to connect to each other and to the past, present and future of the University through career counseling, travel, reunions, continuing education, fellowship, legislative advocacy in support of higher education and The Alcalde magazine. For more information or to become a member, visit the Texas Exes online.

For more information, contact: Erin Huddleston, Texas Exes, 512-471-3805.

16 Comments to "Leslie Cedar Named Executive Director and CEO of Texas Exes"

1.  Margaret C. Berry said on June 5, 2011


2.  Lisa Vercher said on June 8, 2011

Congrats and welcome!

3.  JJ Rodriguez MD said on June 9, 2011

Excellent choice. I am a transplanted Texan to California.... she will bring new ways of thinking to add to her Texan roots, especially as the demographics change in the Southwest and we enter into a challenging economy.... Bienvenida and welcome back to Austin.. "Cailfornia in Texas." ..

4.  Anjan Somadder said on June 9, 2011

Dear Leslie,

Congratulation on your becoming the new Executive Director and CEO of Texas Eyes. Wishing you all the best now and for many more years to come. I am happy to see that some of the Texas graduates who lived in Silicon Valley are contributing back to The University of Texas. Thank you.

Anjan Somadder
ChE 1995 at Dublin, CA

5.  David L. Kirchner said on June 9, 2011

Promote, protect, and preserve!!!

6.  Arlene Virga said on June 9, 2011

My son Michael just graduated from the University. One project that I hope you will consider leading is job creation for our graduates. Our countriy needs our universities to get involved at this level. We are in dire need of ideas, big ideas from our universities. Our politicians are failing us, someone has to step up.

7.  Lill O'Neall Gentry said on June 9, 2011

Congratulations Leslie. It will be a pleasure to have you as the executive director of The Texas Exes.

8.  Jose Medina said on June 9, 2011


9.  Karen Browder said on June 9, 2011

Congrats to your new position. I know you will bring a lot of excitement to the Texas Exes. Maybe you could arrange a race supported by the Exes?

10.  Gordon F Gree, MD said on June 10, 2011

I'm back in the Great State after nearly 30 years of career travel and relocation (6 years in SoCal). Still no place like Texas and I hope that you'll be able to serve from a perch somewhere in the state..ideally, the Third Coast, Austin, that is. With all deference to Dr. Rodriguez, I thank God that Austin ISN'T a little bit of Kalifornia plopped in the middle of the state.

11.  David Rodriguez said on June 14, 2011

Hook'em and look forward to meeting you at the Texas Exes Leadership Conference in September. As a 1975 School of Architecture graduate...you can assume you know what my first few questions will be with the diverse background you attained at UT. Welcome aboard !!!

David Rodriguez
Dallas Texas Exes Chapter - Board Member
Chairman- Legacy Group Committee

12.  Tish Hall said on June 15, 2011

Remember the old saying..a new broom sweeps clean...so here's to your new position..all the best for many years to come....Hook 'Em Horns!

Tish Hall
BA 1948

13.  Nejla Shami said on June 16, 2011

We are lucky to have you, Leslie!! I look forward to getting to know you and the organization better.

14.  Terry Townsend said on June 24, 2011

Leslie, Congratulations on your selection to follow Jim Boone as the Executive Director and CEO of the Texas Exes. You are following a great leader and will do well as indicated from your resume. As a Lifetime Longhorn and one who was privileged to serve years ago on the board, I bleed orange and look forward to meeting you this fall upon my returning to Austin from The Woodlands. I would encourage you to become an involved member in the Texas Society of Association Executives. God bless--Terry

15.  Frank Russo said on July 7, 2011

Congratulations Leslie - Texas Exes is fortunate to have you on board.

16.  Alejandro Mendez said on Aug. 10, 2011

Congratulations. Looking forward to meeting you and your family. Welcome back to Austin.