Team NEO Appoints Utilities Professional to Board of Directors

Gianna Ligato joins Northeast Ohio regional economic development organization’s board

The board of directors of Team NEO has appointed Gianna (“Gia”) Ligato, Director, Gas Operations for Dominion Energy, as its newest member. Ligato joins a group of Northeast Ohio business leaders focused on building a vibrant economy for the 18 counties of the Northeast Ohio Region.

Ligato’s educational roots are in Northeast Ohio: she received her bachelor’s degree in economics from John Carroll University and her MBA from The University of Akron. She is engaged in economic development efforts throughout the state.

“Utilities play a key role in competitive site preparation and a business’ ultimate location decision,” said Team NEO’s Chief Executive Officer, Bill Koehler. “Gia’s expertise and initiative provide support for Team NEO’s work in building a robust inventory of readily marketable sites as well as our business retention, expansion, and attraction work.”

“We welcome Gia to the board. Her utility expertise will bring powerful insights to our site development work and business investment strategies,” added Team NEO Board Chair and President and CEO of Lumitex Inc., Peter Broer. “We look forward to her help in  accelerating economic growth throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio.”

About Gianna Ligato

Gianna (“Gia”) Ligato is Director, Gas Operations at Dominion Energy. She’s responsible for Key Accounts and Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Commercial Office Support and New Customer Additions.

Ligato joined Dominion Energy in 2013 as a senior financial analyst. In 2015, she was promoted to financial consultant. She became the Manager-Financial & Business Services in 2018, where she oversaw the planning, forecasting and management of financial services for Dominion Energy Ohio and Dominion Energy West Virginia. She assumed her current role in December 2021.

Prior to joining Dominion Energy, she held financial planning and analysis roles at Booz Allen Hamilton and Squire Patton Boggs.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of the Northeast Ohio Region. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in the region’s 18 counties; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market the Northeast Ohio Region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education, and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. We do this to build a more vibrant regional economy – one that is more talented, equitable, competitive, innovative, resilient and prosperous. For more information, visit