Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL) is conducting a national search for a new president and CEO.

Phillips Oppenheim, a New York City-based executive search firm for nonprofit organizations, is leading the recruitment process. Sharon Harper, GPL’s chair-elect, is directing the Board Selection Committee.

Founded in 1975, GPL is a business leadership organization focused on civic-improvement initiatives for Arizona. GPL members collectively represent more than 100 leading companies with over 250,000 employees.

The new executive will be charged with bringing together talent, resources and leadership that improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the greater Phoenix region and the state. The leader will advance GPL’s relationship with elected leaders and the state’s image and brand.

“GPL has a rich history and is poised for growth and deeper impact. We are looking for a strategist, coalition builder and politically savvy leader,” Harper said.

GPL expects to name a new leader by 4th quarter 2015. The new president and CEO will be GPL’s third leader in the organization’s 40-year history.

Tom Franz, who has served as president & CEO since 2008, announced his retirement earlier this year. A specific date for Franz’s retirement is not set, and will occur when a leader is identified and a transition process is completed.