Wilmington Chamber of Commerce appoints a new leader

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Natalie English has joined the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce as its new president and CEO.
Natalie English has joined the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce as its new president and CEO.

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Natalie English as its next president and CEO.

The announcement was made by Chamber of Commerce Chairman Charlie Mattox on Monday. English will replace interim President Dick Blouse. She is expected to assume her new position March 6, according to a press release from the Chamber of Commerce.

English currently serves as chief public policy officer for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, where she manages the chamber’s efforts to affect policy relating to business issues at all levels of government.

In her role in Charlotte, English has been managing campaigns for community referenda which helped lead to the passage of over $5 billion in infrastructure investments since 2006, the press release states. In 2007, she served as the chief staff person managing a successful campaign to stop the repeal of Mecklenburg County’s dedicated funding toward mass transit. She also managed a successful campaign that saw four bond issues passed by voters.

Mattox said English’s “experience and background in affecting policies that impact the cost and ease of doing business, quality of life and workforce will help take the Wilmington business community and our Chamber to new heights.”

“Natalie’s 30 years of experience monitoring legislative and regulatory issues is a perfect fit to lead and enhance our advocacy efforts regionally, statewide, and even at the federal level,” Mattox said. “She has a strong track record of success and has been responsible for building community support for several investments in infrastructure that have been key to Charlotte’s economic development.”

English received a bachelor’s degree in communications from North Carolina State University. In 2008, she completed a 25-day trip to Europe to learn about and advance trans-Atlantic relations. In 2012, she became one of only 700 people in the world to achieve the designation of Certified Chamber Executive. She has twice been named among the 50 most influential women in Charlotte by the Mecklenburg Times, and was named as a 2008 Women in Business Achievement Award Winner by the Charlotte Business Journal.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to lead the chamber staff and volunteers in partnership with elected and government officials to do great things in Wilmington,” English said. “It has long been a career goal of mine to lead a chamber in a vibrant community, full of potential, and I can think of no better place to do that than the Port City. I look forward to getting to know the people behind the businesses that have made Wilmington so successful, and I am excited to soon make it my home.”

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