Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce CEO Johnson to retire


Barry Johnson announced that he will retire as the president and CEO of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce at the end of 2016.

Johnson has served 10 years as head of the chamber, the largest in the region with 4,500 members as of April 2015, according to the Business Journal’s "Book of Lists." He agreed to lead the South Florida Progress Foundation, the non-profit funding arm of the chamber, through 2017.

In an email to chamber members, Chairwoman Christine Barney said the transition period will provide the chamber ample time to do a look for a new CEO. A search firm will be hired to assist with the process. First Vice Chair Gene Schaefer, of Bank of America, will lead the search committee.

“For the last ten years we were fortunate to have Barry serve as president of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and truly be the voice of South Florida business,” said Barney, also the CEO of rbb Communications. “His passion and commitment to better our community and his ability to leverage the collective talents of our members put the Chamber in the lead, driving dialogue and action on the important issues of our time. Our community owes Barry a huge debt, and we are so grateful for his dedication and his service.”

Johnson led the chamber’s efforts to support construction of the Port Tunnel, the dredge to deepen the shipping channels for Port Miami, and many international business missions. He’s on the Orange Bowl Committee and the boards of the Beacon Council and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

“The Chamber is in a great place, and this seems like the right time to initiate a transition,” Johnson said. “I am grateful to the outstanding staff who come to work every day wanting to make Greater Miami a better place in which to live and work and look forward to a new role at the foundation.”


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