SALT LAKE CITY (March 27, 2018) – Today, the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, announced Derek Miller as the 19th president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. Miller replaces Lane Beattie who will retire in May, after serving as president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance for the last 15 years.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance team. Utah’s economic future has never been brighter and these organizations stand at the pinnacle of influence and responsibility to ensure that prosperity continues to spread across the state,” said Miller. “Utah’s economy has flourished because of good people who work together. As our state continues to grow, we must ensure those principles of cooperation and collaboration continue. As we do so, Utah has the opportunity to transform from the Crossroads of the West to the Crossroads of the World. I am honored to join a team that is dedicated to making that vision a reality.”
Miller was most recently the president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff to Governor Gary Herbert, overseeing the governor’s office and state operations. He also served as Managing Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for Governor Jon Huntsman. Miller began his career in Washington D.C. as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen and as legal counsel for a congressional committee in the House of Representatives. He is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and holds a Master of Public Administration from the Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University.
“Derek is a proven leader with experience in both the public and private sector. He has spent the majority of his career focused on Utah’s prosperity and growing our economy into one of the most competitive in the country. He knows this state and understands the needs of our business community. I feel confident he is the right person to lead the Salt Lake Chamber in to the future,” said Wilford Clyde, chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber Board. “I want to thank the Search Committee for the long hours and their commitment to the selection process.”
The Search Committee selected Miller after a three-month search process. The committee, comprised of past and current board chairs of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance and key business leaders, presented a recommendation to the Executive Board of the Salt Lake Chamber for a vote. The Executive Board voted today in favor of naming Miller as Beattie’s replacement, which was followed up by a vote of support by the Chamber’s Board of Governors.
“I cannot express how grateful I am to have been able to lead this great organization for the last 15 years,” said Lane Beattie. “The successes of the Salt Lake Chamber and the Downtown Alliance would not have been possible without the dedication and participation of this state’s business community. By working together we have accomplished many great things, and I have no doubt that with the continued leadership of our board, the engagement of our business leaders and the commitment from this great staff that those successes will continue for many years to come. I am confident Derek Miller will be a great leader for the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance.”
Miller will take on the new role of President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance on April 30th.