Mason Ailstock, a former executive at Clemson University, is joining the Research Triangle Foundation as its vice president of business development.

The Foundation oversees and manages Research Triangle Park and is developing a new strategic plan.

Ailstock’s most recent position was economic development director at Clemson’s Advanced Materials Research Park.

“Mason promises to bring energy and creativity to our new business development program,” said Bob Geolas, the Foundation’s chief executive officer. He joined the Foundation in November.

“His work with universities gives him a unique understanding to the special role public – private partnerships play in the development of RTP,” Geolas added about Ailstock. “I have known him for nearly eight years and feel confident in the leadership he can bring to this new responsibility.”

Geolas’ most recent position was executive director of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. He also was associate vice president for economic development at Clemson.

The Foundation noted that Ailstock “played an instrumental role in the early formation and success of the International Center for Automotive Research.”

Ailstock is to direct business efforts, marketing, real estate and partnership efforts.

A native of Maryland, Ailstock earned an undergraduate degree in architecture and design at Clemson and a Masters in city and regional planning at Clemson.