IEDC gets new executive VP

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers announced this week that Laurel Judkins has been named executive vice president of external engagement for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Judkins most recently served as director of global communications operations for Cummins Inc.

“Laurel is a transformative leader with a well-established track record of achievement who will round out the strengths of the IEDC’s leadership team,” Chambers said. “Her experience, business acumen and leadership will be invaluable as we continue raising Indiana’s profile as a premier destination for business and top talent.”

In her role, Judkins will oversee marketing, brand, communications and a reimagined data and analytics division.

Judkins joins the IEDC with nearly 20 years of combined public and private sector experience in law, marketing and communications. Most recently, she led global teams at Cummins dedicated to the company’s brand, digital marketing and executive communications. She began her career as assistant corporation counsel for the city of Indianapolis and went on to serve as director of elections for the Marion County Election Board. Prior to joining Cummins, Judkins served as chief counsel to the late Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry during his first term in office.

Judkins has served on the boards of multiple civic and nonprofit organizations including Employ Indy’s Workforce Investment Board and Growing Places Indy. She has been recognized as a Forty Under 40 leader by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Judkins is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She resides in Indianapolis with her children, Metta and William.

About IEDC

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is charged with growing the State economy, driving economic development, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Led by Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers and governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit