After 20 years at the helm of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, long-time president and CEO Kevin Brinegar is planning to retire.
But, he’s not doing so immediately.
The Indiana Chamber, an influential statewide business advocacy organization, announced on Thursday that Brinegar will retire on Jan. 5, 2024 — about two years from now.
The chamber said the extended timeframe for Brinegar’s retirement was granted at the request of the Indiana Chamber Executive Committee. Plans are in place to initiate a national search for a new chief executive.
In a news release, Brinegar said he is committed to doing business as usual for the remainder of this year and throughout all of 2023 when it comes to promoting the state’s business community and advocating for pro-business policies in state government.
“Leading the chamber has been the perfect job for me — allowing me to use my prior experience in state government and passion for public policy on behalf of the business community to promote prosperity and economic opportunity for the people and enterprises of Indiana,” he said.
Brinegar has been with the Indiana Chamber for nearly 30 years, leading it for the majority of that time. A graduate of Indiana University, Brinegar joined the chamber in 1992, first joining the chamber’s advocacy team and years later becoming senior vice president of government affairs.
He was named president and CEO in 2002.
Indiana Chamber Board President John Thompson credits Brinegar with making the Indiana Chamber of Commerce one of the top chambers in the nation and for improving the state’s business climate.
“When it comes to public policy, the state’s business climate has never been better,” Thompson said in a statement. “Kevin is so passionate about the Chamber’s mission and working on behalf of the business community, but the pull toward the next phase of life came calling. I couldn’t be happier for him personally and for the strong position of the Chamber today under his leadership.”
In the coming months, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce plans to implement a national search to find Brinegar’s replacement, beginning with the selection of a search committee comprised of the chamber board members.
The search committee is expected to retain a search firm to assist with the process.
This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Indiana Chamber of Commerce CEO to retire in January 2024