The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce announced today that Robert F. Durkin will become the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 9, 2013.
Last November, Austin J. Burke, announced his decision to step down as president and chief executive officer of The Chamber after serving for more than 31 years. For several months, an executive search committee has worked with Waverly Partners, an executive search firm, as well as The Chamber board to identify the most-qualified candidate.
“The Chamber board and the executive search committee have taken the process of identifying the best possible candidate for this position very seriously,” said Chairman of the Board, Dan Santaniello of Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Durkin as our new president. We are confident that his expertise coupled with his knowledge of our region illustrate why he is the candidate best-suited for leading The Chamber as it continues to improve the area’s economic development and quality of life.”
Durkin has more than 30 years of experience as an executive leader spearheading diverse programs in both public and non-profit settings. His background includes community and economic development; strategic and operations planning; creating community and business partnerships; fostering legislative relationships at local, state and national levels; developing organizational marketing and outreach efforts; as well as leading fund and resource development.
“I’m deeply honored to be chosen to serve as the president of this organization that has so successfully promoted the vitality of our economic environment and community,” said Durkin. “I enthusiastically look forward to working with our members, a strong Board, outstanding staff and partners and colleagues across the region to build on the rich legacy of The Chamber.”
Durkin most recently served as president for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. He previously held positions at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, as well as The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce where he served as vice president from 1988 to 1993.
In his new role, Durkin will be responsible for the overall management of The Chamber and all of its affiliates. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Durkin will lead The Chamber as the organization works to fulfill its mission of stimulating economic growth, promoting business prosperity, and nurturing educational opportunities, while serving the best interests of the people in our community.