Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the world's largest business federation, will address the state of American business in 2012, including the most serious challenges facing the U.S. economy and identify specific ideas for creating jobs in California and the United States. He will offer a business perspective on the 2012 elections and discuss the role his organization plans to play in the national dialogue."
Thomas J. Donohue
Thomas J. Donohue is the President and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce located in Washington, DC. The United State Chamber of Commerce is a generally conservative group that supports pro-business causes, and it is the largest and oldest trade association in the United States. As its president, Donohue has increased the Chamber's profile in Washington.
Before joining the Chamber in 1997, Donohue was the President and CEO of American Trucking Associations for 13 years.
Responding to criticism of CEO pay, Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, makes the case for the high value of the American CEO. Donohue argues that CEOs have a tough job, explaining, "you either make the money, you reach the numbers, or you're gone."
Any of various voluntary organizations of business firms, public officials, professional people, and public-spirited citizens whose primary interest is in publicizing, promoting, and developing commercial and industrial opportunities in their local area, and usually also community schools, streets, housing, and public works. The International Chamber of Commerce (founded 1920) acts as the voice of the business community in the international field and runs a court of arbitration for settling commercial disputes. National chambers of commerce exist in most industrialized, free-enterprise countries. The first to use the name was founded in Paris in 1601; the first U.S. chamber of commerce was that of the state of New York, founded in 1768.