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Candace McGraw of CVG Airport elected 2024 Chair of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Candace McGraw

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Candace McGraw, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), has been elected to serve as chair of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for the 2024 term. McGraw succeeds Kevin Smith of Bardstown whose term expired on September 30, 2023.McGraw is recognized on an international scale as a leader in the airport industry and brings more than three decades of operational and legal experience to CVG. Under McGraw’s leadership, CVG has become a national leader in e-commerce logistics—home to the Amazon Air mega cargo hub, its largest operation in the world, and DHL’s Global Super Hub for the Americas, its second largest in the world. CVG has also been named the “Best Regional Airport in North America” by Skytrax eight years since 2011.McGraw will serve as chair of the World Board of Airports Council International in 2024 and 2025. In addition to her service at the Kentucky Chamber, McGraw serves on the boards of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership, and Fifth Third Bank. She has also been appointed to several U.S. Department of Transportation advisory boards.“Candace has played such an impactful and active role in shaping the Kentucky Chamber for many years as she has served on the Chamber board, as chair of the Foundation, as co-chair of the Infrastructure Policy Council, and so much more,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts. “She is a visionary leader, and our organization is looking forward to the accomplishments we will achieve in the next year with her as chair.”“I am honored to be elected chair of the Kentucky Chamber and look forward to the year ahead,” said Candace McGraw. “We have a committed board and excellent leadership in Ashli Watts and the Chamber’s senior staff. Together, we will approach the challenges Kentucky businesses face—particularly around workforce—as opportunities for economic growth that will benefit all Kentuckians.”Click here for more Big Moves.