Gwinnett Chamber President and CEO Jim Maran, right, welcomes a Hong Kong delegation.

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jim Maran has announced his plan to retire at the end of 2012.

Mr. Maran assumed the top leadership position at the chamber in 2003 and has been influential in forming and implementing Partnership Gwinnett, the chamber’s long-term economic development plan.

During his nine years at the helm, the chamber helped recruit Fortune 500 firms like Asbury Automotive and NCR Corp. and saw a bevy of other influential firms like Suniva Inc. and RockTenn Corp. locate or expand in the county.

Mr. Maran has also traveled overseas to promote Gwinnett, leading business recruitment trips to China and Korea, familiar territory for an executive who traveled the globe for 30 years with Motorola Inc. before taking the chamber’s helm.

His time with the telecommunications company included stints as vice president of international, vice president of Latin America and general manager of land mobile systems for Asia.

“He has effectively guided the organization through one of the toughest economic climates in recent decades, demonstrating extraordinary leadership abilities and dedication, and has positioned the chamber on a solid financial foundation,” Gwinnett Chamber Chairman Raymer Sale said in a news release.

No successor has been named, but Mr. Maran will work with the chamber’s board on the transition.

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