Kathleen T. Snyder

Kathleen T. Snyder, President and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, testifies on behalf of SB 949 Transportation Funding Act of 2007. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun / March 16, 2007)

The head of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce will retire this summer after nearly 15 years at the helm, the business group said Monday.

Kathleen T. Snyder, president and CEO of the chamber since October 1999, plans to step down June 30. She came to the group after heading the chamber in Alexandria, Va. for seven years and serving for five years as executive vice president of the Prince George's County chamber.

The chamber's board chairman, Thomas H. Graham, said in a statement that the Annapolis resident turned the state chamber into a "powerhouse organization that truly helps employers."

Snyder started ongoing efforts ranging from the chamber's Maryland Business Hall of Fame to an annual dinner with Maryland's congressional delegation, oversaw three redesigns of the chamber's website and launched a multi-group coalition working to improve Maryland's economic competitiveness.

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