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Meredith Alumna First Woman to Serve as Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce CEO

Meredith Alumna First Woman to Serve as Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce CEO

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce announced today that Adrienne Cole has been named as its new president and CEO.

Cole, a 1993 graduate of Meredith College, is the first woman to serve as leader of the Chamber in the organization’s 129-year history. She is also a former member of Meredith’s Institutional Advancement staff.

Jill Wells Heath, president and CEO of CALYX Engineers + Consultants and past chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, chaired the search committee that worked with Waverly Partners, LLC. “Our national search of chamber executives provided very competitive candidates,” Heath said. “Adrienne’s wide breadth of knowledge and experience was unmatched.”

Cole has recently served as the Chamber’s senior vice president of Economic Development and executive director of Wake County Economic Development. She brings more than 20 years of business leadership experience to her new role.

Under Cole’s guidance, Wake County Economic Development and the Greater Raleigh Chamber announced more than 30 corporate relocations and expansions totaling over $250 million in capital investments and creating more than 5,000 new jobs.

Cole’s additional career accomplishments include:

  • Worked to secure and improve state and local economic development incentives
  • As an RDU Board member, assisted in the recruitment of the Delta Paris flight
  • Recruited Campbell Law School to Raleigh
  • Facilitated Red Hat’s headquarters expansion to downtown Raleigh
  • Served as economic development leader in Pamlico and Carteret counties and for the city of Raleigh

 “I’m so excited to serve the community my family and I have called home for many years,” Cole said. “I am very proud to lead the Greater Raleigh Chamber and to continue the tradition of collaboration that makes Raleigh, Wake County, and the Triangle region special.”

In addition to her undergraduate degree from Meredith, Cole holds a master’s degree in public administration from Appalachian State University.

About the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is the Triangle’s largest nonprofit business membership organization made up of more than 2,200 member firms representing two-thirds of the private sector employment in Wake County. The Chamber has represented the interests of the local business community since 1888.

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