The Southwest Indiana Chamber has named Tim Hayden vice president and chief operating officer and Ellen Knapp vice president and chief financial officer. The organizational changes position the chamber for continued growth and set forth a succession planning strategy ensuring the Chamber’s next generation of leadership has broad experience within the organization.
Hayden most recently served as chief communications and engagement officer for the past year, in addition to interim president and chief executive officer upon Christy Gillenwater’s resignation in September 2017. His promotion to COO will expand his responsibilities to include membership investments, strategic direction of the Chamber’s marketing and communications initiatives, and all internal operations of the organization. Hayden started with the Chamber in May 2017 as director of marketing and communications. He also spent 27 years with the Evansville Courier & Press, where he served in various senior management roles including the director of operations and vice president of sales. Hayden holds undergraduate degrees in art/graphic design and accounting, both from the University of Southern Indiana, and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at USI.
Knapp has served as COO since 2005. Her move to CFO will see her manage the organization’s financial performance, serve as human resources and contracting officer, and assume primary responsibility for audit coordination. Knapp has been a nonprofit accountant for nearly 40 years. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern Indiana and is active in the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives as well as the Indiana Chamber Executive Association where she regularly presents.