New and Notables: Walter Leger III

CEO and President | New Orleans & Company

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I have spent my entire career working on behalf of the city of New Orleans.”

Though Walter Leger III became CEO and President of New Orleans & Company in January 2023, he has spent time working with businesses and city leaders for decades as an assistant district attorney and then for 12 years as a state legislator. Leger came to New Orleans & Company at the suggestion of the company’s former CEO Stephen Perry, who, when Leger was term-limited from the Legislature, encouraged him to continue his work advocating for the city and working to promote the businesses and culture to the world.

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“When we compete and win for the people of the city and for our members, that brings an amazing sense of satisfaction and community pride,” Leger said. “Our dedicated team feels strongly that being able to represent our city is a tremendous opportunity and a powerful way to support our neighbors, friends and colleagues.”

In addition to advocating for the city locally, Leger sits on the executive committee of the U.S. Travel Association board of directors and is an integral part of national conversations about restoring visitation to the United States.

“Establishing and maintaining New Orleans as the most remarkable, unique and welcoming city in the world is critical to the mission of having a thriving city, a diversified economy and a healthier community for all of our residents,” said Leger. “Being given the opportunity to be a champion for New Orleans every day, to work to bring visitors to our community for the economic, social and community benefit of the city and its people, is an incredible honor and responsibility.”

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