Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Announces New President/CEO

October 1, 2018
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October 1, 2018 Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Announces New President/CEO

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced that Rana Ghadban has been selected as their new President & CEO, replacing the retiring Leron Gubler. Ghadban is currently the President/CEO of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“As the first new president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in over 26 years, our presidential search committee did not want to leave any stone unturned in the search for the best candidate,” said Jeff Zarrinnam, who chaired the search effort.

Zarrinnam indicated that the committee, over a nine-month period, conducted an expansive worldwide search and obtained a wide variety of qualified candidates. The committee reviewed over 350 candidates’ resumes.

“As the interview committee went through the lengthy search process, Rana rose to the top as the best candidate,” noted Chamber Chair of the Board Donelle Dadigan. “She met and exceeded all of the attributes and qualifications the committee liked to see in our next Chamber president.”

Ghadban has served as the leader of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce for the past two years. During that time, she increased that chamber’s profitability. In addition, she launched the Chamber Automotive Council, began a “Shop Simi First” campaign, and is starting a Quarterly Manufacturing Roundtable. In addition, she revised the Vision and Mission statements for the organization and developed a comprehensive five-year strategic plan. Prior to her work in Simi Valley, she also led the Calabasas and Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chambers of Commerce.

“The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce constitutes a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for me,” said Ghadban. “I am looking forward to working for one of the most famous chambers of commerce in the world.” Ghadban will start a one-month transition period in December, and will officially assume the responsibilities of President and CEO effective January 1, 2019.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is the second largest chamber of commerce in Los Angeles County, with an annual budget of $2.4-million. For the past quarter century, it has played a major role in the revitalization of Hollywood. It is perhaps best known for its administration of the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame and its holding of the trademark to the Hollywood Sign.

“I am pleased to see someone with Rana’s experience selected to lead the Chamber,” said outgoing President & CEO Leron Gubler. “I believe she will take the Hollywood Chamber to the next level of effectiveness and success.”

About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce – www.hollywoodchamber.net

For more than 97 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Donelle Dadigan, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018-19, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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