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Gov. Kevin Stitt appoints new secretary of commerce and workforce development

Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a new secretary of commerce and workforce development.

Scott Mueller will replace outgoing secretary Sean Kouplen, a Tulsa banker who has served in the role for more than two years.

Mueller will oversee 30 agencies, including the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development, according to a news release from Stitt's office.

A veteran of Goldman Sachs in New York and Dallas, Mueller has served as the managing member of Texas-based 313 Holdings LLC since 2016. He has previously served as the chief financial officer of Arcadia Capital, AELP and businessman Aubrey McClendon's private companies and family office.

“I am determined to work with the superb men and women of our Commerce team to continue to build on the leadership shown by Secretary Kouplen," Mueller said in a statement. "I look forward to telling employers across the nation what we, as Oklahomans, already know — that we have a very capable workforce willing and able to help companies grow and succeed, that we have a great environment for business and employers and have remained open for business throughout the pandemic, and that we champion job creators and will work hard to help new and existing employers maximize the opportunities in front of them.”

Mueller's appointment is contingent upon approval from the state Senate.

Kouplen will return to his role as chairman and CEO of Regent Bank.

Carmen Forman

Carmen Forman covers the state Capitol and governor's office for The Oklahoman. A Norman native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she previously covered state politics in Virginia and Arizona before returning to Oklahoma. Read more ›