THE CHAIR of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) David Waller is to step down after nearly 12 years.
The former head of PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Birmingham became the first chairman in the 209-year history of the Chamber when he was appointed in September, 2010.
His replacement has not yet been named but the GBCC say the process is underway.
David said: “It’s been an honour to serve as the first chairman of the Chamber in a time when the organisation transformed into an even more relevant force.
“This has been achieved latterly in one of the most difficult two years businesses have faced since the Second World War.
“I’m delighted to say the Chamber has helped businesses to meet those challenges as they battled the impact of a global pandemic.
“We have overcome any setbacks and emerged stronger, leaner and more efficient. I have worked with three excellent chief executives – Jerry Blackett, Paul Faulkner and now Henrietta Brealey – who have all steered the Chamber through challenging times.”
Mr Waller, who held the 2007 title of West Midlands Ambassador of the Year for Business in the Community from Prince Charles, stepped down from PwC in December 2008 to return to a career in business.
He is married to Edwina and has a grown-up family who are all into equestrian sports.
Henrietta Brealey, chief executive of the GBCC, said: “The Chamber is very grateful to David for his support in guiding us through this particularly interesting period in the Chamber’s history.
“I’d also like to personally thank David for his advice and insight since becoming chief executive last year.
“As a highly successful businessman, his experience, expertise and counsel have been highly valuable to the Chamber and our board through Brexit, the Covid pandemic and beyond. He has been a unwavering critical friend to the Chamber over the past 12 years.
“We wish David continued success in his various business interests.”