(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announced a new leadership team in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa Tuesday, following staff defections last week.
Larry Tuel will serve as state director and Lisa Lockwood, Zach Dalluge and Steven Hensler will serve as field staff.
"Larry brings many years of both business and political experience that will maximize our impact in the Hawkeye state," Cain said in a statement.
The announcement follows the departure of his Iowa organizational director, Tina Goff and another Iowa staff member, Kevin Hart on Friday.
His New Hampshire state director Matt Murphy and regional director Jim Zeiler left the campaign earlier last week
Cain has publicly said he is committed to the state's caucuses, pointing to his over 20 visits to the state and plans to compete in the Ames straw poll in August. But Goff told CNN the former Godfather's Pizza CEO "wasn't willing to make the commitment to Iowa necessary to win the [Ames] straw poll."
In a recent Des Moines Register Poll of Iowa voters, Cain placed third with 10 percent behind Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 23 percent and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with 22 percent.
Cain will celebrate the opening of his Iowa campaign headquarters Monday in Urbandale, according to the release.
- CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis contributed to this report.