Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce search committee wants new CEO in place in October

kettle.jpgCharlie Kettle, chair of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. (The Huntsville Times/Glenn Baeske)

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — A search committee wants to have a new president/CEO for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce on board in October.

An executive search firm, Waverly Partners, was retained this summer and, after evaluating a larger group, presented 11 potential candidates for the job to the 12-member search committee.

After the committee screened that group, “we turned eight names over to the search firm,” said Charlie Kettle, the chair of the chamber’s board of directors who’s heading the search committee. Waverly Partners is finishing up extensive interviews with that group of eight this week.

“We’re excited about the candidates,” said Kettle, “We think we have some very, very good options.”

Waverly will next narrow the selection to four or five people, Kettle said, then the committee will interview those individuals in three weeks.

“We hope to have someone in place in October,” Kettle said.

Though Waverly Partners is providing professional advice, the committee will make the final decision, Kettle said.

Brian Hilson, the former president and CEO, left in March to become president and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance, an organization that focuses on the economic growth of a seven-county region.

Tommy Beason, a former chamber board chair, is the interim president/CEO through the transition period.

Article source: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2011/08/huntsvillemadison_county_chamb_2.html