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Broadcasters exec Sewald selected as new CEO for Las Vegas Metro Chamber

Updated November 8, 2017 - 3:23 pm

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has a new CEO.

Mary Beth Sewald will leave her role as CEO of the Nevada Broadcasters Association to take over the business-focused nonprofit, according to a statement from the group on Wednesday.

The chamber has about 4,000 members.

Current chamber CEO Kristin McMillan announced her resignation in July after six years as president and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.

McMillan will work until Dec. 11.

Sewald has led the broadcasters association since January 2015. Before that, she was general manager of NBC affiliate KRNV-TV in Reno, according to her account on the LinkedIn social network. She managed a staff of 95.

She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Missouri in 1990. She received a master’s degree in business administration from UNLV.

The chamber’s board of trustees reviewed 200 resumes before deciding on Sewald, according to the statement.

“Mary Beth emerged as an exceptionally qualified candidate. We believe she will be able to seamlessly step into the role of president and CEO and be a strong leader and advocate on behalf of our members and their employees,” said Bill Noonan, chairman of the Metro Chamber’s board of trustees.

Sewald’s responsibilities will include representing Southern Nevada’s business community during a time of major projects for the region.

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber is a voting member of the 14-member Las Vegas and Convention Authority board

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., her predecessor advocated for federal funding for the under-construction Interstate 11 and opposed relocating nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain.

Contact Wade Tyler Millward at wmillward@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4602. Follow @wademillward on Twitter.

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