The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore chose J. Thomas Sadowski yesterday as president and chief executive officer to replace Christian Johansson, who stepped down in July.
Sadowski, who joined the economic alliance as executive vice president in January 2006, has been serving as interim president and chief executive.
The alliance, a private economic development marketing group, has been working to entice companies in the life sciences, financial services, information technology and defense sectors to the region.
Members of the group's board said they chose Sadowski after a broad search because of his extensive experience in economic development and work on the alliance's military base realignment (BRAC) initiative, which includes a marketing effort directed toward thousands of federal employees, defense contractors, businesses and nonprofit groups.
He previously was a business development director in Baltimore County and had been executive director of economic development for Harford County.