FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has announced Ashli R. Watts as its new president and CEO and says she is the first female to serve in that role.
A statement from the state's largest business organization says Watts will take the position on Nov. 1, succeeding 66-year-old Dave Adkisson, who is retiring after 15 years.
The chamber says it conducted a national 8-month search before deciding on Watts, who currently serves as senior vice president of public affairs for the organization. The 37-year-old Watts has led the Chamber's advocacy efforts on topics including workers' compensation reform and right to work legislation.
The Elizabethtown native has a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Campbellsville University and a master's degree in public policy and administration from the University of Louisville.