By Edward Cardenas

SOUTHFIELD (CBS Detroit) -The Engineering Society of Detroit has named Robert Magee, an experienced telecommunications executive, as the new executive director of the nonprofit organization.

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Magee worked for 20 years at AT&T Advertising Solutions as a general manager, regional vice president, Midwest sales vice president and vice president of telephone sales during his career.

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“Robert Magee has proven capabilities in exceeding financial goals, motivating staff, and strong communications and negotiating skills,” said Kouhaila Hammer, president of the ESD Board of Directors, in a release. “His organizational skills will give ESD a strong foundation on which to build its next 120 years of member service and fostering the next generation of engineers and technical professionals. And his leadership skills will inspire both ESD’s dedicated volunteer base and skilled professional staff to even greater achievements.”

Magee, a native of Mississippi who worked in Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, California, and Detroit during his career, was named interim executive vice president of ESD in August. He was named to the permanent post by a vote of the ESD Board of Directors last week, following a national search.

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The Engineering Society of Detroit was founded in 1895 by a group of engineering students at the University of Michigan, and currently provides continuing education, networking and leadership development opportunities to working engineers and  professionals in related technical and scientific fields. ESD also works to build excitement and interest among students in careers in the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.