Gov. Dannel Malloy appointed Michael Cantor of West Hartford, Conn., to serve as chairman of Connecticut Innovations, the quasi-public agency charged with making strategic capital and other investments that encourage the development of high-tech industries within Connecticut.

Created by the General Assembly in 1989 and originally funded through state bond money, Connecticut Innovations has relied on returns from its investments to support its operations and new programs since 1995.

Cantor, an intellectual property attorney for 25 years, now serves as co-managing partner of Cantor Colburn LLP in Hartford, where he oversees more than 110 attorneys, patent agents, and technical advisors.

“He is an energetic, hands-on leader whose proficiencies, particularly within the engineering field, will serve as a benefit to both CI and the people of Connecticut,” Malloy said Tuesday.

Previously, Cantor served on the board of the Connecticut Development Authority when former Gov. Jodi Rell appointed him. Malloy selected him to serve on the Connecticut Innovations board when the two agencies merged last year.

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