McCormick Group Finds CEO for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

August 22, 2018 – Following a national search, the McCormick Group, an Arlington, VA-based executive recruitment firm, has placed Julie Coons as the new president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Jim Corcoran, who led the organization since 2010, recently stepped down from the role. The McCormick Group’s senior vice president Lyles Carr, managing principal Elizabeth Humphrey and principal Susy Howard led the assignment.

“After a comprehensive search process, we are pleased to have identified the best individual to lead the chamber into its next season of growth, innovation and member service,” said Jennifer Siciliano, chief communications and external affairs officer at Inova, and chair of the Northern Virginia Chamber board of directors. “We believe success for chamber members, businesses in Northern Virginia and businesses across greater Washington comes from regionally-focused collaboration.”

Ms. Coons’ strong background and experience leading diverse organizations made her uniquely positioned to represent the chamber membership and the regional business community, said Ms. Siciliano. “We are pleased to welcome Julie and are confident that her leadership, proven track record and vision for the Northern Virginia business community will complement the chamber’s exceptional membership, board of directors and staff,” she said.

Ms. Coons, who starts her new role on Sept. 10, has significant experience leading regional and national business organizations. She is currently COO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Ms. Coons brings to the Northern Virginia Chamber diverse experience leading regionally-focused business organizations, guiding financial and brand transformations, and successfully advocating for business in local, state, national and international arenas, said the McCormick Group. Among her many leadership roles, she served previously as president and CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association. Prior to that, she was president and CEO of the Maryland Tech Council.


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“As the voice of business in Northern Virginia, the Northern Virginia Chamber has an outstanding reputation serving and representing Northern Virginia’s robust business community in our region and beyond,” said Ms. Coons.

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce represents local employers with more than 500,000 regional employees. It is the leader in advancing innovative solutions to the region’s priorities in transportation, education, workforce and economic opportunity. For more than 90 years, the Northern Virginia Chamber has been working hand in hand with companies in the region to build a strong business community.

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Founded in 1974 by Bill McCormick, the McCormick Group provides executive search services to associations, corporate government affairs offices and law firms, among others. The firm offers clients a full range of human capital services, including recruitment, human resources strategic planning and consulting, compensation studies and surveys, management succession consulting and restructuring, and outplacement consulting.

Mr. Carr represents the McCormick Group with business and civic organizations in the Washington, D.C. area and nationally. Within the firm, he provides strategic guidance on projects to the firm’s consultants and their clients. Continuing his own active consulting practice as well, Mr. Carr selectively represents executives in transition and offers client organizations expertise in a range of areas such as compensation plans and negotiation, organizational development and marketing strategies.

Ms. Humphrey specializes in searches for not-for-profits, associations, law firms and professional services firms. With expertise in multiple areas, she conducts searches for a wide variety of executives and senior-level managers for not-for-profit organizations and associations as well as searches for HR professionals for law firms and professional services firms. Representative placements include president and CEOs for not-for-profits and associations, executive directors for not-for-profits and associations, and VPs of HR for a variety of organizations.

Ms. Howard focuses on searches for executives for companies, associations, foundations and not-for-profit organizations. She also she serves as leader of the McCormick Group’s communications and public relations group. She is responsible for conducting searches for senior communications positions for a diverse range of Fortune 500 companies, associations and public relations firms. Representative placements include: numerous presidents and CEOs for local and national not-for-profits and foundations, VPs of media/public relations for Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries and communication directors and specialists for many associations.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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