Ed Dowd, general manager of Staples, has stepped into his new role as Mattoon Chamber of Commerce executive director.
Dowd has worked with the chamber over the past 15 years and has served as executive director of the chamber's Business Expo several times.
"As chairman of the Expo for multiple years it has been an incredible experience to showcase both small and large businesses," Dowd said. "Many people have found out for the first time at the Expo all the exciting and diverse offerings of the Mattoon business community. I cannot wait to carry on the 110-year legacy of the chamber. I do need to thank and acknowledge Mary Wetzel for her guidance and support during the transition and wish her all the best in her retirement."
Dowd also announced several upcoming chamber events. The Mattoon Chamber Winter Swing will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Saturday and the group's annual dinner will take place March 5.