Interim CEO appointed by Nanaimo chamber

NANAIMO – Chamber of Commerce appoints Kim Smythe to interim CEO

Kim Smythe has been appointed the interim chief executive officer of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.

Smythe takes over from outgoing CEO Susan Allen, who took a management position at Vancouver Island University after 16 months at the chamber.

“The chamber was able to offer some flexibility in their time demands that allows me to continue serving my company’s existing clients over the next few months while devoting a lot of attention to the chamber’s needs,” Smythe said.

Smythe’s firm, West Coast Communications and Events, provides strategic planning, event management, marketing communications and public relations services to a variety of B.C. clients.

He has also been involved in an advisory capacity on several chamber committees and as a past board member.

“We have great confidence in Kim leading us forward without the chamber skipping a beat,” said Odai Sirri, board chairman. “This is extremely important given the number and variety of economic development projects on the community’s horizon, the opportunities emerging for local businesses and the challenges that face us all.”

The chamber will continue accepting resumes in order to fill the CEO position on a permanent basis.

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