The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Kay McDowell as the next President and CEO succeeding Eddie McBride, who is retiring after leading the Chamber since 1999.
McDowell will be responsible for leading a diverse team of volunteer business leaders and professional staff to fulfill the Chamber’s mission to strengthen, promote, and serve the Lubbock business community.
Earlier this year, McBride announced his retirement effective Jan. 31, 2022 – giving chamber leadership time to search nationwide for a new CEO and President and ensure a smooth transition process.
McDowell comes to the Chamber with more than 25 years of experience in consumer marketing, corporate reputation, and brand building. Most recently she was an Executive Vice President of Public Relations at Mitchell Communications, a dentsu mcgarrybowen agency. During her 11-year career with Mitchell she led integrated marketing campaigns for nationally recognized brands including Procter & Gamble, Mattel, Hot Wheels, Barbie, Cracker Barrel, Massage Envy, and Tyson Foods.
As a proven innovator and creator, McDowell developed products and services to help clients reach new audiences and marketing goals. She led multi-discipline teams executing business to consumer campaigns across a variety of industries including consumer packaged goods, toys, food/beverage, retail, franchise, arts, beauty, and sports.
Early in her career, McDowell worked for the city of Memphis promoting WONDERS, a cultural…