Cincinnati chamber names new president, CEO

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber announced today that Brian Carley will become president and chief executive officer effective March 1, succeeding Ellen van der Horst.

Carley is currently completing his role as a partner at the Deloitte accounting firm and has a 37-year accounting, audit and consulting career.  He presently leads the firm's audit practice in northeast Ohio.

A search committee selected Carley from more than 70 candidates.

Carley met the chamber staff today just before the public announcement.

"Having the chance to return to Greater Cincinnati and help guide the region through the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead was too good to pass up," Carley said.

Kay Geiger, president of PNC Bank and the chamber's 2013 board chairwoman,  called Carley "a dynamic leader who is committed to building on the chamber's strong foundation of success at a pivotal time in our region's history."

Carley has served on the boards of Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Museum Center, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Thomas More College, The College of Mount St. Joseph, and the advisory council to Miami University's Farmer School of Business.  Carley served as treasurer for the chamber board's executive committee from 1999-2005.

Born in Chicago, Carley paid for his college tuition at the University of Illinois by selling books door-to-door. Upon his graduation in 1976, he began his career with Arthur Andersen's Chicago office. Three years later, he transferred to their Cincinnati office, making partner in 1986. He became a Cincinnati office managing partner in 1997 while also overseeing the firm's global aviation industry practice.

In 2002, he moved to Deloitte's Cincinnati office, where as a partner he concentrated on audit services to a variety of regional companies. Asked to lead the firm's audit efforts of a large Cleveland company, he moved to that area in 2006, eventually heading up the firm's audit practice there.

Carley is married with four grown children. Three of his children live in Cincinnati. He has remained a Bengals season ticket holder for the last 25 years.

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