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Pittsburgh Chamber president, Barbara McNees, to retire next month

| Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 2:24 p.m.

The veteran president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Barbara McNees, will retire from the organization next month.

McNees told the Allegheny Conference on Community Development she will leave her position on Aug. 15. The conference is the parent organization for the chamber, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and other economic development groups.

“My past 16 years at the chamber and the conference have been incredibly rewarding,” McNees said. “I have been given the opportunity to work to improve the region where I was born and raised.”

Dewitt Peart, president of the Regional Alliance, will become chamber president, pending its board approval in September, the Allegheny Conference said in a statement. Peart will be president of both organizations, continuing to supervise the business investment and marketing activities of the Regional Alliance.

McNees, 66, and Peart, 53, are executive vice presidents of the Allegheny Conference.

Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Allegheny Conference, said McNees is “a tireless advocate on behalf of our region's competitiveness (and) a valued member of the executive team of the Allegheny Conference.”

John D. Oravecz is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7882 or joravecz@tribweb.com.

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