Smith & Nephew President Joe DeVivo Steps In As Chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber

Release date: 11/30/2010

MEMPHIS, TN - Business executive, Joseph “Joe” DeVivo, has been named Chairman of the Board for the Greater Memphis Chamber, by a unanimous vote today by his fellow directors.   DeVivo, who is President of Orthopaedic Reconstruction for Smith & Nephew, assumes this leadership position immediately.  As Chairman of the Board, DeVivo will also serve as co-Chair for the Memphis Fast Forward Economic Development Plan (MemphisED)*.  DeVivo fills the position(s) vacated by former FedEx executive and Chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber, Tom Schmitt.

“When the time came to select a new board chairman and leader for MemphisED, the Board knew Joe not only had the stamina to keep the momentum and strength going, but the determination to make our city a global competitor,” said Nick Clark, Vice Chair of the Board for the Greater Memphis Chamber and partner of Clark & Clark.   “As an international business leader, Joe knows Memphis has the DNA to attract and grow world-class businesses like Smith & Nephew, FedEx and International Paper.”

“We are pleased to have someone of Joe’s  caliber leading our Chamber team,” said John Moore, President and CEO for the Greater Memphis Chamber.  “This is a great match for our staff and we are looking forward to having his leadership and expertise at the table.”

*The Memphis Economic Development (MemphisED) Plan serves as the economic development component of a broader economic growth initiative for Memphis/Shelby County called Memphis Fast Forward.  MemphisED is led by the Greater Memphis Chamber.  The plan is designed to ensure that both Memphis/Shelby County has a strong and diverse economy, fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, and advance the region’s global leadership in the bioscience, music/film and logistics industries.

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.