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New Interim President and CEO Takes the Helm at DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

New Interim President & CEO Takes the Helm at DeKalb Chamber

DECATUR, Ga., – December 23, 2019 – The DeKalb Chamber Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kenneth E. Coleman has been named Interim President & CEO of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. Coleman officially joined the organization on Thursday, November 21st. In this new role, he will work to build partnerships and alliances with a broad range of constituencies, including the Chamber’s Board of Directors, DeKalb County government officials, and business leaders from around DeKalb and metro Atlanta. He will also provide visionary leadership for the Chamber and drive continuous improvement initiatives that reinforce the Chamber’s mission to be the catalyst that attracts, supports and advances business interests in DeKalb.

“I am extremely excited to become part of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. This organization, with its rich 80-year history, remains uniquely positioned to create the necessary partnerships to drive business growth and prosperity throughout DeKalb County. I look forward to working with the public and private sector leadership within the county to continue the work of improving the quality of life for all of our citizens.”

With an impressive 25 -year professional career, Coleman has held numerous senior executive roles with Southern Company and has driven revenue growth and improved organizational performance consistently. While serving as Interim President and CEO, Coleman will continue to serve as Executive Director for Infrastructure Projects for Georgia Power Company. Coleman has previously served as President of Pivotal Home Solutions, a former $350 million subsidiary of Southern Company Gas; Senior Vice President of Marketing for Georgia Power; and Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Southern Company. Prior to joining Southern Company, he was an economic developer for the Metropolitan Development Board in Birmingham, AL, and a former professional baseball player with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox organizations.

“We are delighted to be working with Kenny as we determine next steps for the Chamber,” said Brenda Reid, Chairman of the Board for the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. “His expertise and leadership will help us retool as we define the programs and services the Chamber will offer going forward.”


The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 81 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce, and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber call 404-378-8000.