The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 13 announced that its board of directors has appointed Leron Gubler as president emeritus while an executive search for a new president and CEO is underway, following the recent departure of Rana Ghadban.
Gubler will be responsible for overseeing the transition, managing the organization’s day-to-day operations and working closely with the chamber’s staff and board in carrying out its mission.
“We are thrilled that Leron has graciously agreed to lend his vast institutional knowledge and industry expertise to the chamber during this period of transition,” board chair Nicole Mihalka said.
A lifetime member of the Western Association of Chamber Executives, Gubler served as the Chamber’s president and CEO for more than 26 years, until his retirement at the end of 2018. During that time, he presided over nearly 300 Walk of Fame ceremonies, and he is credited with spurring economic development and a revitalization of the entertainment industry in Hollywood.
Gubler was recognized with numerous awards for his dedication and service to the Hollywood community during his tenure with the chamber. He was presented with the key to the city of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2018.
“It’s great to be back in Hollywood and see first-hand all the progress that has been made since my retirement, even through the pandemic,” Gubler said. “I look forward to reestablishing relationships with so many of the wonderful people with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working.”
The chamber’s board has formed a selection committee for a new president and CEO and has retained a leading local executive search firm.
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