Paul Guzzi Announces Plans to Retire as Chamber President & CEO

12-153-034The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today announced that Paul Guzzi plans to retire as Chamber President and CEO, after leading the organization for the past 18 years.  The Executive Committee of the Chamber’s Board of Directors has created a search committee to select Guzzi’s successor, which will be co-chaired by Chamber Chair John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction, and Immediate Past Chair Karen Kaplan, Chairman and CEO of Hill Holliday.

The Chamber has grown into a major force in the Greater Boston business and political community, successfully advocating on Beacon Hill for a broad range of issues impacting the region’s business climate; partnering with institutions of higher learning to create a series of leadership development programs that help foster the next generation of business leaders; and serving as the area’s premier convener of thought leaders, hosting more than 100 speaking programs each year.

“I love the Chamber and am proud of the work we have done to improve our region’s business climate, cultivate future leaders, and strengthen our community,” said Guzzi.  “The Chamber’s strong position makes this the ideal time for me to step aside and let a new leader usher the organization into its next phase.  I am excited about the future of this dynamic and impactful organization.”

Fish and Kaplan said the search committee is looking for exceptional candidates who will build on Guzzi’s work, and will focus on creating a “Chamber of the Future.”

“Paul Guzzi epitomizes everything the Chamber stands for—leadership, vision, and collaboration,” said John Fish, Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “Paul’s incredible accomplishments over the past 18 years have laid the foundation for the ‘Chamber of the Future’ and will help us write a new chapter in the history of the Boston business community.”

guzzi picture 2To assist in finding the best possible successor to Guzzi, Fish and Kaplan indicated the Chamber will retain an executive search firm to conduct an extensive search.  They are in the process of interviewing firms and hope to make a decision soon.

“I have been privileged to know Paul for many years, and to work with him closely while I was Chair of the Chamber” said Karen Kaplan, Immediate Past Chair of the Chamber.  “He is not only an effective and inspired leader, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the business community and the community at large, but he is also an important figure in our region.  He will be difficult to replace, but we will work hard to fill his very big shoes.”

While no specific timeframe has been announced, Fish and Kaplan indicated they hope to have a new Chamber President and CEO in place in a timely manner.  Guzzi has agreed to stay on until his successor is chosen.


2014 TOYL honorees announced!


Today, the Chamber announced its 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders. These awards are designed to celebrate the contributions of Greater Boston’s current and future young leaders.

The recipients, who span the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, will be honored on October 29 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel, where they will share ideas and visions for the future.

Congratulations to the 2014 TOYL honorees:

  • Thabiti Brown, Principal, Codman Academy Charter Public School
  • Jorge Calzada, Director, Metrics, Advanced Analytics & Customer Reliability, National Grid
  • Michelle Dipp, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, OvaScience, Inc.
  • Jonathan Feinman, Founder & Executive Director, InnerCity Weightlifting
  • Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, United States House of Representatives
  • Akhil Nigam, Founder & President, MassChallenge
  • Christine Pace, M.D., MSc, Primary Care Physician, Boston Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley
  • Michael Reardon, Executive Director, Catholic Schools Foundation and the Inner City Scholarship Fund
  • Brooke Thurston, Vice President of Media Relations, Steward Heath Care


Emerson’s Dr. Lee Pelton joins This Week in Business

Sunday on This Week in Business, Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist at IHS, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the most recent US jobs report and a number of important economic indicators, including energy costs, international conflict, income inequality, GDP, and more. Watch this interview here.

In the Briefing Room, Dr. Lee Pelton, President of Emerson College, joined to discuss back to school season. He also discussed the Emerson Accelerator, the college’s new West Coast campus, college tuition costs, and more. Watch this interview here.

On the Business Beat, Peter Howe weighs in on rebuilding the Market Basket brand, the return of the Tall Ships to Boston, a new MBTA station at Assembly Square, a new health care report on cost growth in Massachusetts, and the number of people in Massachusetts impacted by data breaches. Watch this interview here.

Still deciding which AG candidate to vote for?

If you missed our Government Affairs Forum featuring Maura Healey and Warren Tolman — the two Democratic candidates for Attorney General — you can now watch the full event courtesy of our media partner Comcast.

This forum is available on XFINITY on Demand in the Get Local folder or through the search feature on the X1 box by speaker name. Find instructions to access the program below:

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Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, September 9!

Hear from MBTA GM Dr. Beverly Scott about the new Commuter Rail contractor

Sunday on This Week in Business, MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott joined host Paul Guzzi and NECN’s Business Editor Peter Howe to discuss a number of transportation issues, including the new Commuter Rail operator, late night T hours, CapeFLYER, and more. Watch the interview here.

In the briefing room, Wendy Pierce of Solomon McCown and David Gerzof Richard of Emerson College joined to discuss how social media is changing charity fundraising and the incredible success of the ALS #icebucketchallenge. Watch this interview here.

On the Business Beat, Peter and Paul discuss important issues coming up this fall, including state primary elections on September 9, four November ballot questions, activity on Beacon Hill, and a decision by the US Olympic Committee for the 2024 games.