They say these things come in threes… With Guelph about to get a new Chief of Police, and a new Chief Administrative Officer, it will now get a new President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce too.
It was announced Thursday that Kithio Mwanzia, the current President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber, will be exiting from the organization as of March 19 while the Chamber itself “embarks on a new and ambitious strategic plan.” The Chamber Board of Directors feels that now is the best time to refresh the leadership of the organization.
“The Board is grateful for the leadership that Kithio has brought to the Guelph Chamber of Commerce during his tenure, and for the exceptional team he leaves us with,” said Board Chair Melanie Lang, in a media statement. “The Board thanks Kithio for his service to our business community, and we wish him all the best as he embarks in this new direction.”
Mwanzia was hired as the President and CEO of the Chamber four years ago, succeeding current MP Lloyd Longfield in the position. He came to Guelph after serving in leadership positions at the St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
“After serving over a decade in the Chamber network, it is time for a change, I was thrilled that my final station in the network was here in Guelph,” said Mwanzia in a statement.
“It has been a true pleasure working with dedicated volunteers on our Board of Directors and a talented team within the Chamber of Commerce office to serve the Guelph business and surrounding community,” he added.
The Board added that “a transition plan” is in the works that will “ensure Chamber activities continue without interruption,” as they recruit a new President and CEO in due course.