Detroit — Steve Grigorian has been named to the Detroit Economic Club’s top job after serving 13 years as its chief operating officer.

Grigorian, 59, will succeed president and CEO Beth Chappell. According to the club, a transition date will be determined this fall.

“After interviewing several very qualified candidates, we realized that the best professional for the job was already inside our organization,” said James Nicholson, chairman of PVS Chemicals and chair of the board’s search committee, in a statement.

“Steve has been instrumental in building the club to its current heights and will continue to grow the organization as its CEO.”

Grigorian has been credited for his role in building the club’s young leader and student programs. He also manages the operations of dozen events each year.

“Steve has a vision for the future of the DEC, and we look forward to working with him to continue the momentum that has kept the club among the highest ranked speaking forums anywhere,” said Club Chairman Gerry Anderson, president and CEO of DTE Energy Co.

Earlier this year, Chappell announced she would leave by the end of the year to become executive chairwoman of RediMinds, a data strategy, engineering and innovation firm she co-founded last year. She’s led the Detroit Economic Club since 2002.

Grigorian said he considers it an honor to be chosen to lead the nonprofit.

“I thank Beth Chappell for her leadership, guidance and mentorship during our 13 years together,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with DEC Chairman Gerry Anderson and our board to ensure the club continues as a point of pride for Detroit for generations to come.”

Formed in 1934, the Detroit Economic Club is a non-partisan organization that provides a platform to discuss business, government and social issues. One recent luncheon reflected on the tumultuous summer of 1967 in Detroit and looked ahead at the city’s future.

The club has hosted every U.S. president since Richard Nixon.

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