New Chapter Begins at PA Chamber with Announcement of New President and CEO

A new chapter is set to begin at the Pennsylvania Chamber. Earlier this year, PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr – who has served with distinction and earned the respect of business leaders and elected officials over his decade at the helm of our organization – announced he would be retiring at the end of the second quarter of 2022. After an exhaustive five-month search, a search committee led by PA Chamber Board of Directors Chairman and President of The Giant Company Nick Bertram reached its conclusion with the highly anticipated announcement that Luke Bernstein will be succeeding Barr when he steps down next month.

In an official press release, Bernstein was credited for his vast experience in the public and private sectors – both as a former deputy chief of staff to former PA Gov. Tom Corbett and as a former banking executive, most recently as executive vice president and chief operations and technology officer.

“The opportunity to lead and work with the Chamber team and serve Pennsylvania businesses is an incredible honor,” said Bernstein. “I love Pennsylvania. I have devoted the better part of my professional career to serving the Keystone State because I believe it is as essential to our nation today as it was when it was founded. I’m eager to get started and to continue the incredible work done during Gene’s tenure to accelerate our post-pandemic recovery with a focus on attracting and retaining both world-class employers and skilled employees, which are vital to creating the competitive and thriving economy we know the Commonwealth can, should, and will be.”

Although our leadership is changing, one thing that will remain the same is our firm commitment to an economic growth model that is focused on the future. It begins with boosting our state’s competitiveness; ensuring that our multi-modal infrastructure network is safe, modern and efficient; and upskilling and educating a workforce that is equipped to compete on a global level and has plenty of opportunities to learn, work and grow right here in Pennsylvania.

For more information about the PA Chamber’s next chapter, visit our website.