Chamber of Commerce CEO to leave: reports

Chamber of Commerce CEO to leave: reports
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Thomas Donohue, the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will leave his post atop one of Washington’s most powerful lobbying groups, according to multiple reports Friday.

Suzanne Clark, the chamber’s president, is set to replace Donohue, Axios and The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal said an announcement is expected next week.

“The Board is engaged in a rigorous multiyear succession process to name a new CEO. When a final decision has been reached, there will be an announcement,” a spokesperson told The Hill.

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Donohue served as president and CEO of the group from 1997 to 2019, when Clark took over the leadership position of president. Donohue has continued to serve as CEO since then.

The executive was instrumental in turning the Chamber of Commerce into a force to be reckoned with in Washington. The organization is a major donor to Republicans and one of the most prominent supporters of pro-business policies. 

However, Donohue faced criticism from some in the GOP after the chamber decided to endorse a slate of Democrats in the 2020 elections. He also drew ire from some conservatives after he called on former President Trump to concede the presidential election after tallies showed he lost the race.