Tech Council chief checking out

Search committee wants to tap local replacement

Liza Lowery Massey is walking away from the Nashville Technology Council's top job less than two years after moving to Nashville from the Washington, D.C., area.

In a statement Wednesday night, Tech Council Chairman David Klements of Qualifacts said Massey is leaving her CEO post to spend more time with her family. Massey, the former top IT official in both San Francisco and Los Angeles and CEO of consulting firm CIO Collaborative, started with the Technology Council in September 2011, taking over from Tod Fetherling.

John Kepley, CEO of staff recruiting firm Teknetex and the man behind the Tech Council's quarterly IT job openings report, is leading the search committee tasked with finding Massey's replacement. He said the group will not go far afield.

"We are focusing our search in the Nashville area and are confident we can find our next leader right here in our community," he said.

Massey last night indicated via Twitter that she intends to remain in Nashville and stay involved in the region's tech scene.