Sakaki, Furlong to serve as interim co-CEOs of chamber

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:34 PDT, Wed September 23, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors learned Tuesday morning that president and CEO Matt Pitcairn has resigned from the organization to commence the next chapter of his career.

“We thank Matt for his five years of service to the chamber,” said chair Brian Corcoran. “This organization is incredibly robust, with a dedicated existing staff, enthusiastic volunteers, and a diverse membership-base. As a board, we look forward to the opportunities ahead.”

Pitcairn has announced his intention to run for provincial office in the Richmond-Steveston riding. As the Richmond Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization, Pitcairn’s resignation was effective immediately.

On Wednesday, the board of directors formalized the creation of a CEO search committee, tasked with recruiting a replacement in the coming months. Existing leadership staff—Dan Sakaki and Shaena Furlong—will act as co-CEOs of the organization in the interim. They bring a combined over 40 years of experience working with all sizes of organizations in both public and private sectors, in Richmond, and throughout the Lower Mainland.

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