Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hill Holliday's Karen Kaplan named new chair of Chamber

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce announced today that Karen Kaplan, president of Hill Holliday, has been chosen to serve as the new chair of the Chamber. Her two-year term will begin on April 24, when she is inaugurated at the Chamber’s 103rd Annual Meeting & Dinner. Kaplan was the unanimous choice of the Chamber’s Executive and Nominating Committees.  She is only the second woman to chair the Chamber in 103 years.
“Karen Kaplan brings an impressive track record of contributions to the Massachusetts business and civic communities,” said Robert Gallery, Massachusetts president of Bank of America and current Chamber chair. “Her extensive experience in the advertising industry and the terrific work she has done to advance women’s leadership guarantee she will be a tremendous asset to the Chamber and its mission.”

“Karen’s success at Hill Holliday, presence in the Greater Boston community, and vision for the future make her one of the region’s most respected and talented leaders,” said Paul Guzzi, president and CEO of the Chamber. “I very much look forward to working with her over the next two years.”

Kaplan joined Hill Holliday, the 17th largest advertising agency in the United States, as a receptionist in 1982, and is now a driving force behind the firm’s growth to more than $1 billion in annual billings. Hill Holliday’s clients include Dunkin’ Donuts, Chili’s, John Hancock, Liberty Mutual, Bank of America, Major League Baseball, Novartis, Great Wolf Resorts, Cigna, TJX, and Verizon Wireless. Kaplan is the immediate past President of the Massachusetts Women's Forum and serves on the board of the Massachusetts Conference for Women. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Chief Executives’ Club of Boston, and also is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

"The Chamber plays a critical role in growing our economy by fostering the important partnership between business and government,” said Kaplan. “I look forward to serving and engaging the next generation of Boston's leaders to help shape the Chamber's future agenda."

“We are delighted that Karen is assuming this important role,” said Mike Sheehan, CEO of Hill Holliday. “The Chamber has made a tremendous impact improving the business climate in our region, and Hill Holliday is proud to support their work.”

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