CEO of San Antonio Chamber to resign after 15 years at helm – San Antonio Express-News

Richard Perez will step down at the end of the year from his job as president and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

Richard Perez will step down at the end of the year from his job as president and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

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SAN ANTONIO — Richard Perez — the longtime president and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the first Latino to hold the position — will resign at the end of the year, the chamber announced Thursday.

Perez, who has led the city’s largest business advocacy organization since 2007, said he’ll leave his post Dec. 31. Perez will become a consultant next year as the chamber conducts a nationwide search for his replacement, the organization said.

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“Fifteen years ago this month, I started in my role as president and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce,” Perez said in a statement. “Today marks the end of an important chapter in my life, and while the decision to step down as president and CEO was not an easy one, I am excited about the direction of the organization and the opportunity to continue to serve the San Antonio community outside of this role.”

His resignation comes several months after the chamber said it is downsizing its board of more than 100 to a 15-member group focused on policy that would work with a larger board of investors providing feedback. Perez was expected to sit on the executive board.

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