The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce is once again looking for a new leader after its president announced Thursday that he is resigning after just six months on the job.
Paul Wright, who was hired as the president and CEO of the local Chamber in December, said in a statement that he is leaving to pursue another business opportunity.
Wright said he "received an offer I couldn't refuse" with a consulting project involving a former business partner. Wright told the Weekly he will be joining J.M. Perry Learning, a Ventura-based company that once employed him. Wright said he will work on a project that entails training and coaching 110 admissions counselors for an online university.
His resignation is effective July 13.
Wright joined the Chamber shortly after his predecessor, Paula Sandas, stepped down from the organization's top position in October 2011. He replaced her on an interim basis before being hired as permanent CEO.
Rebecca Teutschel, who chairs the Board of Directors at the Chamber, said the organization will be immediately launching a search for a new president and CEO. In a statement, she also had words of praise for Wright's brief tenure.
"In his short time as President/CEO, Paul has been instrumental in helping the Chamber implement some new processes, develop a well thought-out and viable membership drive program and improved the Chamber's visibility through his facilitation of member outreach activities," Teutschel said in a statement.
Wright said he is pleased with the direction the Chamber has taken in recent years.
"There is a strong foundation to continue to have the Chamber grow," Wright told the Weekly. "We're in growth mode, which is incredibly positive."