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Weekend edition May 13, 2022 | Kailyn Lamb

CGI makes Knoxville its new home and more business news

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CGI announces that Knoxville will be home of new headquarters

CGI, an information technology (IT) and business consulting firm, announced last week that Knoxville would be the new headquarters for the company. CGI signed a lease at Riverview Tower downtown. In February 2021, the company announced it would be opening its eighth delivery center here, investing $27 million in the region and creating around 300 jobs. Read more on the delivery center in this article. Since then, the company has hosted two open houses for perspective applicants.

Sharing the news on LinkedIn, Matthew Kittrell, Director of Consulting Delivery at CGI said “Looking forward to the next step in our CGI Knoxville journey, moving into our permanent space at the Riverview Tower in 2H 2022. More than anything, this development represents opportunity…if you’d like get in on the ground floor of something great, check out all the opportunities on our career site at: (search on City = “Knoxville”).”

Consolidated Nuclear Security President and CEO to retire next week

Michelle Reichert, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC (CNS), managing contractor of the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, TX, will retire next Friday, May 20, completing more than three decades in the national security world. She will be succeeded by Bill Tindal, current CNS Chief Operating Officer (COO), who will serve as Interim President and CEO. Tindal joined the Y-12 team Y‑12 in 1995 as a Shift Technical Advisor in Building 9206, later served as Y‑12 Site Manager for six years and became COO in 2020.

Pilot Company hosts “Team Member Appreciation Week” after returning to Knoxville office

Pilot Company is hosting its inaugural “Team Member Appreciation Week” across the company’s footprint. From May 16-20, team members will receive special members and perks. At the company’s Knoxville headquarters, the week of activities is meant to provide opportunities for camaraderie, collaboration, and team building as most staff members there have returned to the office following the COVID-19 pandemic. Pilot’s goals are to show gratitude and appreciation to team members, and to strengthen company culture, according to a news release.

Business Changes

Bethie Lou’s Fabulous Gift Store has opened next door to Good Golly Tamale in Old City. The shop opened on May 6, according to an article from Inside of Knoxville. Shop owner Beth MacDonald said business has been great right out of the gate. Read more here.

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