Casey Steinbacher, who has served as president of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce since October 2007, is leaving the organization to head her own consulting business.
The Durham Chamber has formed a special committee to oversee the search for Steinbacher’s successor. The committee will be chaired by Farad Ali, CEO of the N.C. Institute for Minority Economic Development.
During the search, the chamber’s interim president will be Bill Shore, a former board member of the Durham Chamber and former director of U.S. community partnerships for GlaxoSmithKline.
Steinbacher, 59, said she has several consulting contracts and her last day will be Aug. 31. Her new business, Casey and Co., will work with events in Durham, including the Moogfest music festival and the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament, as well as economic development projects in other parts of the country.
Durham has seen more than $5 billion in announced new investment and created more than 20,000 jobs during Steinbacher’s tenure, according to the chamber.
Before coming to Durham, Steinbacher was president and CEO of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce in Florida. She was also previously president and CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce in Williamsport, Pa.