Airport Authority President and CEO Larry Cox Named Board Chair for the Greater Memphis Chamber

Release date: 11/30/2011

Business executive, Larry D. Cox, has been named Chairman of the Board for the Greater Memphis Chamber, by unanimous vote by his fellow directors. Cox, who is President and CEO of the Memphis—Shelby County Airport Authority, assumes this leadership position January 1, 2012.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the momentum that this Chamber has built over the past few years,” said Cox. “This year alone, the chamber has played a significant role in recruiting and retaining companies, such as Electrolux, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., KTG, and Great American Steamboat Co. Whether through its Small Business Council, Existing Business Team, or Community Development programs, the Greater Memphis Chamber is at the forefront of economic development in Memphis and Shelby County.”

Cox, has served as President and CEO of Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority for 26 years at Memphis International Airport after earning BBA and MBA degrees from University of Memphis and serving three years in the U.S. Air Force. Past Chair of the American Association of Airport Executives, he maintains an active role in addressing industry challenges. He recently led the formation of an Energy Task Force responding to challenges caused by escalating fuel costs. He has testified before Congress and provided policy recommendations on matters vital to the industry. For the past four years he has been at the forefront of Memphis’ transformation into America’s Aerotropolis thru a comprehensive community-wide economic development initiative and service on the Aerotropolis Steering Committee.

“Larry has represented Memphis all over the world and is one of the most respected businessmen in aviation and business development. He has served with distinction on our board for several years, and we anticipate great growth under his leadership,” said John W. Moore, President and CEO for the Greater Memphis Chamber. “He has an undeniable vision for excellence and we are fortunate as a chamber, and as a community, that he has stepped forward to lead.”

In addition to Cox being named Chairman, the Greater Memphis Chamber Board of Directors elected the following officers:

Calvin Anderson, Vice Chairman
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Tennessee

Terence Lewis, Treasurer
President and CEO
Trust One Bank

Arnold Perl, Secretary and General Consul
Glankler Brown, PLLC

Nick Clark, Former Chairman
Clark & Clark

The Greater Memphis Chamber is the lead economic development agency for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.

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