The Humane Society of Indianapolis has selected a new chief executive officer. Steven Stolen, who most recently served as vice president of corporate advancement with the Indy Chamber, will begin his new role in June.

Stolen succeeds John Aleshire, who announced his retirement in September after eight years as CEO. In addition to his work with the Indy Chamber, Stolen has served in leadership roles with other local organizations, including the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Indianapolis Children's Choir.

"It goes without saying that saving animals’ lives is game changing for our community. But, I would go on to say that the way this work connects to people profoundly impacts in a fashion we can only imagine," said Stolen. "Whether we are pet owners, animal enthusiasts, or citizens who support the impact IndyHumane makes on our public health and public safety, we benefit from the efforts of this organization. I'm honored and humbled to have an opportunity to build upon the great work of its dedicated staff and supporters."

The Humane Society says Aleshire will continue to serve in an ex-officio capacity in an effort to assist with the transition. His final day will be June 30.