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Chamber CEO to Leave Post

By Jorge Casuso

September 5 -- Jim Lynch, who has been the Chamber of Commerce’s CEO for less than one year, will be leaving his post, chamber officials announced Tuesday.

Officials declined to provide details about Lynch’s departure, and Lynch did not return a phone call for comment by press deadline.

“We decided to go in different directions,” said Chamber President Tom Larmore, a local real estate attorney. “The job was not what he thought it was. It was not a good match.”

Brenda Katz, who ran Simonson Mercedes before it was sold two years ago, will serve as interim CEO until a candidate can be found to permanently fill the post, Larmore said.

“She has a lot of business experience,” he said of Katz, who is married to Mayor Pro Tem Herb Katz. “She’s a good person to come in and run the chamber until we find a permanent replacement.

“It would be natural to look for someone with chamber experience, but we’re casting a wider net than that,” Larmore said.

He said the chamber will be looking for someone who is “creative and energetic.”

Linda “Tish” Tisherman, a former chamber president who heads an employee placement agency, will lead the search for a new CEO, Larmore said.

Before being hired as CEO, Lynch, a former executive with Schick Laboratories, headed chambers in Tustin, Los Angeles, Pasadena and Beverly Hills, where he launched the popular Westside mixers that brought together members from different area chambers.

Lynch was also publisher of the Westside Chronicle, a post he left to join the chamber.

He replaced Kathy Dodson, who returned to Texas due to the Los Angeles area’s high housing costs.

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“The job was not what he thought it was. It was not a good match.” Tom Larmore




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