Palo Alto Chamber names MacKenzie interim CEO

Local businessman to head organization while it seeks permanent leader

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce has selected local businessman David S.G. MacKenzie to serve as its interim president and CEO while the organization searches for a permanent replacement for MacKenzie's predecessor, Paul Wright.

The chamber's board of directors announced that it has chosen MacKenzie, an accountant, because of his knowledge and understanding of the Palo Alto community. According to the board's announcement, MacKenzie has been working with Wright in recent months to improve the organization's administrative and management functions.

Wright resigned last month after six months on the job.

"It is the Board's opinion that David's blend of business acumen, familiarity with the Chamber and knowledge of the Palo Alto community will provide the Chamber with sound organizational leadership as we conduct our search to fill the permanent position," board Chair Rebecca Teutschel said in a statement.

In announcing its selection, the Chamber touted MacKenzie's more than 35 years of experience on executive teams of various startups, large companies and nonprofit organizations. He is past president of the Palo Alto/University Rotary Club and has served on boards at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the Cantor Arts Center.

"Palo Alto is where I was born, have lived, worked and volunteered," MacKenzie said in a statement. "I look forward to working more closely with the business community and other organizations to ensure it continues to be the kind of city I am very proud to say I've been associated with as a resident, family member and business person my entire life."

Related story:

Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce CEO resigns


Like this comment
Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

Maybe he can figure out why we keep losing companies to other counties, like Pinterest and Facebook. Probably the ridiculous rents.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Fu Lam Mum shutters temporarily in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 5 comments | 2,210 views

What Are Your Gifts that Must Be Shared?
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,513 views


Best Of Palo Alto ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Best Of Palo Alto" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 21st issue of the Palo Alto Weekly.