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U of I alumnus announced as CEO of Illinois Chamber of Commerce

20-year Chamber Veteran Takes the Reins July 1.

U of I alumnus announced as CEO of Illinois Chamber of Commerce

20-year Chamber Veteran Takes the Reins July 1.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to appoint Todd C. Maisch the new CEO of the Illinois Chamber. His term will begin on July 1.

As executive vice president, Maisch oversees the Business Services Division, Government Affairs and the Membership and Marketing Department of the Illinois Chamber. Maisch also is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the Chamber’s government affairs program.

“I am honored to lead an institution I have been part of for the past 20 years,” said Maisch, 48. “I believe in the Chamber’s mission to serve as the unifying voice of the Illinois business community. And I am eager to build on the foundation of previous leaders who supported the success of our members and Illinois businesses.”

Current Illinois Chamber CEO Douglas L. Whitley, 64, announced his retirement in September 2013, effective June 30, 2014. At that time, the Board of Directors committed to a timeline that would allow three months of transition for the new CEO.

“We conducted a nationwide search, and Todd rose to the top as the candidate who was most prepared to lead the Chamber well into the future,” said Ray Drake, chairman of the Board and vice president of state government affairs for UPS. “We look forward to working with him to develop innovative services for Illinois businesses that will strengthen their success and in turn promote prosperity for the citizens of Illinois.”

Maisch holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Illinois State University. Prior to joining the Chamber in 1994, Maisch worked for the General Assembly as a research analyst for the House Republican staff.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce promotes the interests of Illinois business by working to improve the state’s business climate. The Illinois Chamber aggressively advocates for legislation and public policies that support economic growth, and is a source of timely and reliable information on matters important to its members, Illinois employers and the general public. The Illinois Chamber also provides effective programs and services to its members to meet their business needs, including immediate answers to tax and human resources concerns and access to compliance seminars and publications. www.ilchamber.org



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