|Media Statement from the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance|
|Published Friday, December 21, 2018|
Bob Morgan, president and CEO of the former Charlotte Chamber, announced Friday he has withdrawn his name from consideration as a candidate for CEO of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. He will be available to assist with the continued successful transition of the new organization through mid-February.
“After 13 years of leading the Charlotte Chamber, I have decided the time is right for me to chart the next chapter in my career,” Morgan said. “I am optimistic about the future of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance and bullish about the long-term potential of our regional economy as the Alliance launches its inaugural year.”
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance was formed by uniting the Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Regional Partnership into a single economic development enterprise with a vision to create the most vibrant, innovative and healthy economy in the country. The new organization began operations on Nov. 27.
“Bob led the Charlotte Chamber during a time of unprecedented growth for Charlotte and our entire region,” said Jesse Cureton, Board chair of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. “I am deeply appreciative of his exceptional service to our community and firmly believe we are a stronger region because of his commitment and leadership.”
As president and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber, Morgan oversaw all aspects of the nonprofit’s operations, including its finances, economic development and pro-business public policy efforts, member engagement programs, and sales and communications. He led the Chamber, a membership-based, volunteer-led organization with more than 2,700 members, since 2005. Morgan previously served as president and CEO of the Gaston Chamber from 2002-2005 and began his chamber career in 1991 as a Charlotte Chamber staff member.
“Bob is a visionary who has been laser-focused on the economic best interests of Charlotte for nearly three decades,” said Kendall Alley, most recent Chamber Board chair and Charlotte region bank president at Wells Fargo. “He has been a tremendous partner to me as Board chair and we owe the successful launch of the Alliance in no small part to Bob and his leadership.”
Jennifer Weber, executive vice president of human resources for Lowe’s and who is leading the CEO search for the Alliance, said Morgan raised the bar for economic development during his tenure at the Charlotte Chamber.
“Bob is an inspiration to all of us who strive to ensure that Charlotte remains a global leader in business, innovation and talent,” said Weber, who will serve as Board chair of the Alliance in 2020. “As we continue our thoughtful and deliberate CEO search, we are optimistic about our continued growth and prosperity as a region.”
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance is conducting a national search for its first CEO and will name a new chief executive in early 2019.
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