Dave Csintyan will be the interim CEO of the combined Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp.
Doug Quimby, chair of the newly combined organization, had been acting as CEO, while Csintyan remained in charge of the chamber’s daily operations. Quimby will retain his position as chair of the board.
“I am pleased that Dave will be leading the new organization as the interim CEO during the process of seating a permanent CEO, a process that is expected to unfold in the next several weeks,” Quimby said in a press release announcing the appointment. “Dave has shown through action and commitment that he cares deeply about this community, and will help keep the organization on track and strong as we take steps to create a solid future.
Csintyan has been the President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce since 2008, but has held other positions at the chamber before that. He is said to be a finalist for the position.
Neither Quimby nor other chamber officials would comment about the search, which is expected to wrap up in March.
The position came open after the boards of both the chamber and the EDC decided to merge operations last year. A chamber-sponsored visit to Oklahoma City was the catalyst for the decision, and both boards moved quickly to combine the two groups. An interim board was called to iron out the legal details of the merger, and a new, permanent board was named earlier this year.
That board is conducting a national search for a new president and CEO of both groups.