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PA Chamber Nominates Luke Bernstein to Serve as President and CEO

Bernstein to Succeed Retiring President & CEO Gene Barr

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry today announced the conclusion of its search for its next president and CEO with the nomination of Luke Bernstein. A seasoned financial, government, and public policy professional with over 20 years of experience, Bernstein most recently served as executive vice president and chief operations and technology officer at Orrstown Financial Services, where he has been employed and served as corporate spokesperson since 2017.

Before joining the bank, he served as senior vice president of external affairs at the Pennsylvania Bankers Association from 2015 to 2017 and deputy chief of staff for former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett from 2011 to 2015. In addition to his executive leadership roles in the private sector and state government, Bernstein has experience working at the federal level, previously serving as an appointed advisor in the Administration of President George W. Bush and as an aide in the U.S. Senate. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and policy studies from Dickinson College.  Luke looks forward to stepping into his new role on June 15th.


Leading The Pennsylvania Chamber into the Future

PA Chamber of Business and Industry Board Chair Nicholas Bertram, who is also President of The GIANT Company, lead the search process.

“When we began the search for Gene’s successor, we knew it would not be an easy task,” said Bertram. “First and foremost, we were looking for an accomplished leader with a deep-rooted love of the Commonwealth, its business community, and families and vast experience in the private and public sectors. Finally, we wanted someone with a visionary mindset, a transformational thinker with the ability to build consensus among multiple audiences and cement Pennsylvania’s reputation as a forward-thinking and frontline advocate for businesses. That individual is, unequivocally, Luke, so it is no surprise that he has the unanimous support of both the search and Chamber executive committees. I’m looking forward to working with him as he champions Pennsylvania’s economy and workforce nationally and globally.”


We Would Like to Thank Our Search Committee Members