The Next Chapter


PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr to Retire in 2022

Thank You Gene

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr will retire from the organization in the second quarter of 2022. Barr has led the PA Chamber since 2011.


Barr has more than 40 years of experience in various facets of government, political and public affairs activity, and business operations. He joined the PA Chamber in February 2003. Barr served for more than eight years as vice president of government and public affairs before being elected president in October 2011. During his tenure, he has worked on many significant legislative and regulatory efforts critical to improving Pennsylvania’s business climate.

Next for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Board Chair Nicholas Bertram, who is also President of The GIANT Company, is leading the succession process.

“Gene’s leadership has created a momentum that continues to push our organization forward, which is why we have so much confidence in finding an outstanding successor in the first half of 2022,” said Bertram. “I am grateful to Brion Lieberman serving as Vice Chair of the search, as well as the other directors, who bring talent and passion for our shared future.”

Search Committee Members

The PA Chamber board of directors is committed to installing the next CEO with the ideal candidate who will have maximum mission impact for the next decade and beyond. As such, the search committee has engaged Spencer Stuart, a global leadership advisory services firm, to lead the process for CEO succession. To express interest or learn more, please contact