Gov. Martin O’Malley has tapped Dominick Murray to become the state’s next secretary of business and economic development to replace current Secretary Christian S. Johansson, who has resigned to join Maryland’s Laureate Education program. Murray currently serves as deputy secretary.

Murray’s successor as deputy secretary will be Robert Walker, who previously served as the department’s chief operating officer (COO) and assistant secretary for business and enterprise development, according to a news release. The changes begin in mid-January 2013.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Dominick’s knowledge and extensive background in economic development take the helm at DBED,” O’Malley said in a statement.

“Maryland is recovering jobs at the seventh fastest rate in the nation and we have great confidence that Dominick will continue that progress.”

O’Malley thanked Johansson “for his work in creating an economic development strategy centered on creating jobs not just for today, but creating jobs for generations to come.”

O’Malley listed among Johansson’s successes InvestMaryland, which he characterized as the “largest venture capital program” in Maryland history.
Murray became deputy secretary of DBED in 2007, though his experience with O’Malley dates from the governor’s time as mayor of Baltimore.

“His advocacy for Maryland’s businesses continued during his tenure at DBED, where he has led the agency’s regional development team and offered critical assistance to Maryland’s local economic development offices and businesses,” the news release said.