Kim Smythe was appointed the interim CEO of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Thursday until a replacement for Sue Allen, who announced her resignation earlier this month, can be found.
Smythe, a long-time GNCC member and owner of WestCoast Communications & Events, has had to remove himself from the chamber's board of directors to take on the 90-day contract.
Board chairman Odai Sirri said Allen will stay on in an advisory capacity to assist Smythe until the end of September when she moves on to her new job at Vancouver Island University. Sirri said the GNCC has already received a number of applications to take on the role of the chamber's new CEO.
He said Smythe's appointment as interim CEO doesn't preclude him for applying for the position permanently, but he wouldn't be able to rejoin the board of directors if he was hired.
Sirri said chamber members have "great confidence" in Smythe "Kim has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Nanaimo and has a very seasoned approach to people and issues," Sirri said.
"We see Kim as a great asset and we're extremely proud to have retained his services to help us through our transition. This will ensure continued quality in the delivery of services to our members and security for our staff and community partners."
Smythe has also been involved in an advisory capacity on GNCC committees over the years.
Smythe said the GNCC was able to offer some flexibility in its time demands that allows him to continue serving his company's existing clients over the next few months while devoting much of his attention to the chamber's needs.
"I'm flattered the board recruited me and is entrusting their expectations with me," he said.
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