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Marilyn Strickland is taking over as CEO of the Seattle Chamber. (Photo via Seattle Chamber)

Former Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland is taking the helm as President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Strickland spent the last eight years as Tacoma’s chief executive, where she made a reputation for herself as a hard-charging leader credited with elevating the city’s reputation. Before she was elected mayor, Strickland served on the Tacoma City Council and held managerial roles at Starbucks and the American Cancer Society.

Last Fall, Seattle Chamber CEO Maud Daudon announced her departure plans after more than five years leading the organization, which advocates on behalf of businesses in the broader metro region. Strickland will take over Feb. 19.

“One of my top priorities will be working with business, government and non-profit leaders toward solutions that keep our region globally competitive,” Strickland said in a statement. “A strong, vibrant business environment is key to addressing the challenges that we face.”

Read The News Tribune’s in-depth profile on Strickland as she wrapped up her term as mayor of Tacoma here.

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