Keikkala steps down as Kent Chamber of Commerce CEO, takes on new challenge

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 3:52pm
  • Business
Andrea Keikkala. COURTESY PHOTO

Andrea Keikkala. COURTESY PHOTO

Andrea Keikkala, the Kent Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer for the past 10 years, stepped down from her position, the organization announced this week.

Keikkala resigned to become executive director with Washington Business Week.

“Thank you, Andrea, for job well done,” April Sta. Rosa, president of the chamber, said in a statement. “Please join me in wishing our best to Andrea Keikkala … as she embarks on a new opportunity.”

“Andrea has shown great leadership through challenging economic times for our businesses and community,” Sta. Rosa continued. ‘With Kent’s unique diversity of industries and as a substantial contributor to our state’s manufacturing and distribution economic engine, Andrea’s passion for our community has been integral to developing strategies to meet the varying business needs. Her engagement with the South Sound Chamber of Commerce Legislative Coalition, Puget Sound Gateway Coalition, YMCA Board of Directors, Rotary and others have brought valuable insight, advocacy and engagement for our membership.

“Having worked with Andrea for the last four years, I have greatly appreciated her leadership with government affairs information and advocacy as well as work force development programming in partnership with the Kent School District and our local technical colleges. I have no doubt that Andrea’s passion and experience will make her a great asset to her new organization.”

The chamber has begun a formal search for a new CEO. Inquiries and resumes can be sent to: hr@kentchamber.com.

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