Pat Dando confirmed Wednesday that she will be extending her stay as CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Dando has held the role since the summer of 2005 and was expected to have her last day at the end of this month.
Dando, a former city councilmember who went on to become Vice Mayor and lost a close mayoral election to Ron Gonzalez in 1998, said the committee organized to find her replacement is still conducting its search. She added that she designed some criteria for the search but is not involved in the process. No firm time frame for the committee to come to a decision exists, Dando said.
“I think it’s more important that they find the right person than rush to a decision,” she said. “I’ve invested a lot of time and energy into the chamber, so I’m not going to leave them high and dry.”
Dando said that ideally she would like to leave the chamber by June, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a new CEO will transition into the job immediately. When Dando’s predecessor, Jim Cunneen, left the chamber to go work for Cisco following four years as chamber CEO, there was about a month in between his departure and her arrival.
Gerry DeYoung, the chair of the chamber search committee, did not return a message requesting comment.