Amy Fecher has been appointed as the new executive director of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System by the board of trustees.
APERS is the state government’s second-largest retirement system, with more than $10 billion in investments and more than 75,000 working and retired members.
The search for a new executive director began when the previous director, Duncan Baird, stepped down in late March after three years of leadership at APERS. Deputy Director Allison Woods has been serving as interim executive director.
“I look forward to joining the excellent team at APERS, traveling the state to meet with members and retirees and working with the board of trustees to ensure the vitality of the public employees retirement system,” Fecher said.
Fecher previously served as the first secretary of the state Department of Transformation & Shared Services since July 2019 when the role was created under a reorganization of the state government. Before that, she was the state’s chief transformation officer from 2016-19, executive vice president of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission from 2015-19 and the director of the Department of Rural Services in 2015 under Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Fecher also served as deputy director of the Department of Rural Services and as a legislative consultant and liaison for state officials for the Hutchinson Group consulting firm. In her spare time, Fecher is the owner and chief executive officer of Ruby Stone Boutique, an online clothing retailer for women.
Fecher graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in physical science from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Fecher also was an assistant in Gov. Mike Huckabee’s office from 2000-01.