The Greater Memphis Chamber board of directors named National Civil Rights Museum leader Beverly Robertson to be the group’s interim president and CEO, the first female to hold the position.
The move comes after Phil Trenary, the Chamber’s previous leader, was shot and killed earlier last month.
“In addition to her extensive experience at the helm of an internationally recognized nonprofit organization, Beverly’s leadership experience in both corporate America and small business make her a perfect fit for the organization,” Chamber chairman Richard Smith said in a statement. “She understands the needs of our membership and our community and we believe she is the right person at the right time to continue the work that we’ve started. Our city has tremendous momentum and I expect under Beverly’s watch, the Chamber will continue to be a strong voice of positive change in our community.”
Robertson is a native Memphian. She worked for 19 years at Holiday Inn Worldwide. Later, she was asked to be the NCRM’s interim executive director and, ultimately, spent 17 years in the position. During her tenure there, she raised more than $43 million.
“I love my city and I believe that Memphis’ best days are ahead,” Robertson said. “I am honored to work with the strong leadership team that Phil put in place at the Chamber and I look forward to working in collaboration with our business and government leaders, helping to retain and attract good jobs and to help The Chamber realize one of its primary goals of opportunity for all.”