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Ronald “Ronn” B. Richard, a long-time international business executive and former career U.S. diplomat, has been named president of the Cleveland Foundation.

Richard, who begins his new job July 1, succeeds Steve Minter, who is retiring after 26 years at the foundation, the last 19 as president.

After his diplomatic career, Richard worked for 13 years for Matsushita Electric (Panasonic), holding a series of senior management jobs, including vice president for planning, technology and public affairs.

In that job, he headed Panasonic’s corporate philanthropy.

Most recently, Richard was chief operating officer and manager partner at In-Q-Tel, the venture capital fund of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The $1.3 billion-asset Cleveland Foundation, the oldest and second-largest community foundation in the U.S., made grants last year totaling $74 million.

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