Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce officials have announced the resignation of current executive director Anna Ibold.

Her departure comes after over three years of service in which she helped strengthen the Batesville business community and advance many of the organization’s goals.

Board President Maggie Henson said, “Anna has been a motivated leader for our community and the Batesville chamber. Her ability to build partnerships, advocate for business members and drive the organization forward serves as a model for those who follow. The chamber will build upon the progress under Anna’s tenure while continuing in its mission to promote economic growth and development to the Batesville area. While we are sad to see her go, we thank Anna for her service and leadership.”

Since joining the chamber, Ibold has been credited with bolstering its communication strategies, expanding the reach of the chamber’s leadership and affiliate partners (such as the city of Batesville, Ripley County Community Foundation and Batesville Main Street), developing new programs and adding additional member benefits.

“I’d like to express my gratitude for being given the chance to be your director,” Ibold stated. “It has been a privilege serving the chamber board and community members. I’ve had the honor of working with dedicated professionals and I look forward to the chamber’s continued progress. She added, “At this time, I’ve been granted the opportunity for professional development in the community I admire as I join the Batesville (Casket) team!”

The executive director will work at the chamber through the annual awards dinner later this month, as her resignation will be effective Jan. 25.

Chamber leaders have initiated the search for a new executive director. Board members will begin advertising the position in the coming days. Those interested can contact the chamber at 812-934-3101.