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Chamber of Commerce top aide takes over as president

Suzanne Clark

Suzanne Clark, the top aide to longtime U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue, will take over that leadership position, the powerful pro-business lobby announced Wednesday.

Donohue plans to stay on as CEO through June 2022, and then the board will begin a global search for its next chief executive. Clark is currently the Chamber’s senior executive vice president.

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The Chamber has been undergoing changes recently involving rethinking its close alliance with Republicans as it differs from the White House on multiple topics from trade to immigration issues.

When the Chamber’s influential top lobbyist, Bruce Josten, left in 2016, Clark was promoted to lead the team and became first-in-line behind Donohue.

Donohue has been president and CEO since 1997. Before the Chamber, he was president and CEO of the American Trucking Association for 13 years. He previously was deputy assistant postmaster general of the United States.

Clark rejoined the organization in 2014. She left her previous post as chief operating officer in 2007, was president of National Journal Group until 2010 and then led the financial information firm, Potomac Research Group.

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