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Head of Boston chamber of commerce stepping down

September 19, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Paul Guzzi (GUH’-zee) is stepping down as president and chief executive of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, one of the region’s more influential business groups.

The chamber announced on Thursday that Guzzi was retiring after 18 years at the helm.

The 72-year-old Newton resident began his career in politics as a state lawmaker, and was elected Massachusetts Secretary of State in 1974. After an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate, he served as chief of staff to Democratic Gov. Edward King.

A search committee led by John Fish, chief executive of Suffolk Construction, and Karen Kaplan, chief executive of Hill, Holiday, has been formed to find a successor to Guzzi.

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