Maud Daudon appointed Interim President & CEO

Posted March 12, 2012 by Christina Donegan

Interim CEO Maud DaudonThe Executive Committee of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has appointed former Chamber Chair Maud Daudon to serve as Interim President & CEO. Daudon will join the Chamber on Monday, March 19 on a part-time basis as she transitions out of her role as president & CEO of Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation (SNW). She will remain president & CEO of SNW until April 16, when SNW Board Member Karl Leaverton assumes that position.

Daudon served a year-one term as chair of the Chamber from September 2010 to September 2011. In that role, she helped establish the Chamber’s three-year comprehensive plan. As Interim President & CEO, she will be working in conjunction with the Chamber’s internal leadership team—headed by Senior Vice Presidents George Allen, Emmy Jordan, and Charles Knutson—to maintain the Chamber’s current progress on its year-one goals.

“It’s serendipitous,” said Daudon. “As I move on in my own career, I have the opportunity to step in on a short-time basis and ensure the good work the Chamber does for businesses and our community continues unabated until a permanent CEO is selected.”

“Having someone as capable and as intimately familiar with the Chamber as Maud allows us to be really thorough and thoughtful as we developed criteria and a process for selecting a permanent CEO,” explained Chamber Chair Henry L. (Skip) Kotkins. As chair, Kotkins will lead the process to select a permanent CEO.   

Since 2006, Daudon has served as president & CEO of Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation (SNW), a Seattle-based independent, employee-owned, regionally focused investment bank, broker-dealer and asset management firm specializing in debt securities and related businesses. Prior to that, she served as SNW’s managing director of Investment Banking and Municipal Sales and Trading.

Before joining SNW in 2002, Daudon served for four years as deputy mayor and chief of staff for the city of Seattle, focusing on overall city strategy, public safety, labor issues, budget, information technology, and personnel. Previous to that, Daudon was the chief financial officer for the Port of Seattle for six years and held other finance-related positions for another two years. As CFO, Daudon was integral in helping the port achieve its financial goals and in completing long-range strategic financial planning.

Daudon gained significant experience in public finance by working for six years completing transportation and public works-related bond financings for a national investment banking firm in their New York and Seattle offices.

Daudon has a Master of Public and Private Management (M.P.P.M.) with emphasis on finance and economic development from Yale University and a B.A. from Hampshire College.