Chamber gets new CEO

The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce’s new CEO, Kelly Bouzaid.

The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce’s new CEO, Kelly Bouzaid, is positively fizzing about her new role, saying it has “come at the perfect time”.

It’s an excitement shared by the Chamber’s president, Phil Mackay, who said the group was thrilled to welcome her to the organisation.

“She joins us at an exciting time and comes to an organisation that’s in great shape,” he said.

“Outgoing CEO Tania Witheford has seen the Chamber through substantial change and growth and formed strong relationships and partnerships. Kelly has the opportunity to build on this foundation and take Chamber in a fresh direction, as we continue to provide leadership and support for our business community.”

Kelly has had extensive experience across a myriad of environs; national sales manager for several high-profile companies, general manager for Touchdown Productions, sales and marketing manager of Gulf News and the owner and operator of Waiheke’s iconic Schooner Café.

Alongside the diverse range of skills she will bring to the role, Kelly has also led and developed high performing teams and guided prominent companies through times of organisational change and crisis management.

“Cambridge ticked all the boxes for my family, education, equine, employment and lifestyle opportunities. We have just celebrated a year here and we look forward to many more.

With almost 270 members, including multiple groups such as Love Cambridge, Optimum and the First XV Young professionals Group, the role of Chamber CEO will have plenty to keep her busy.

“It’s going to be really interesting to get my finger on the pulse and see how everyone is feeling about life,” Kelly said.

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