Chamber Vice President Kate Roche

Kate Roche in 2014 was tapped as president of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

The board of directors of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce on June 20 voted to appoint Kate Roche as the business organization's new president.

Roche, who had served as vice president for the past year and has been with the organization since 2007, succeeds Rich Doud, who retired in May after 23 years as head of the business group.

Roche was selected after a three-month search process, Chamber officials said.

"She brings to the table a unique ability to build on our existing success and culture while dynamically leading our Chamber into the future," said Tim Hughes, an attorney and 2014 Chamber chairman.

"To me, working for the Chamber has always been much more than just a job," Roche said in a statement. "This is truly my community. The Chamber has an incredibly solid organizational foundation, and I look forward to building upon that. The business community continues to evolve, and so do the needs of our members."