London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Names Karim Fatehi MBE as Permanent Chief Executive Officer

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is pleased to announce the appointment of its current Interim CEO, Karim Fatehi MBE, as the permanent Chief Executive, effective immediately.

LCCI’s Board of Directors have made the unanimous decision to appoint Karim as LCCI’s Chief Executive on a permanent basis, following his tenure as The Chamber’s Interim CEO since October 2023, during which he delivered exceptional leadership that has put LCCI on a strong and sustainable trajectory.

Karim takes on the role with a deep existing knowledge of LCCI, having served as a Board member since September 2022 and before that as a member of the LCCI Council for seven years. He also brings tremendous expertise in international trade through his own business experience, and as a serving member of the Expert Trade Advisory Group (ETAG) on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). He is also a judge of the King’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

Before taking up his appointment as CEO of LCCI, Karim was Founder and Managing Director of United Corporation, an engineering procurement management company with an international footprint. His impressive business background gives him an intimate understanding of the concerns and priorities of member businesses, as well as a valuable perspective for policy makers in Whitehall, Westminster, and City Hall.

Welcoming the news, Julia Onslow Cole, LCCI Chair, said: “As Chair of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board, I am delighted to share the news of Karim Fatehi MBE’s appointment as our permanent Chief Executive Officer. Karim has an impressive business background and during his short tenure as Interim CEO his drive and expertise have proven to be invaluable. He has successfully overseen a growth in LCCI’s membership base, the development of new and existing partnerships with members and key stakeholders, and the evolution of LCCI’s commercial strategy. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I extend our warmest congratulations to Karim on his appointment.”

Commenting on his appointment, Karim Fatehi MBE said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as CEO of LCCI. As we enter this new chapter for the organisation, I am committed to building on our legacy of excellence and innovation, advocating on behalf of the 8,000 London businesses we represent and working collaboratively with our key stakeholders to ensure that London remains at the forefront of global commerce.

“Having been part of the LCCI community for over a decade, I am steeped in the Chamber’s values, priorities, and ambitions. I look forward to working with our members, partners, and stakeholders to continue to champion London as the best global city for business. LCCI’s role is to foster an environment across London where businesses thrive, innovate, and contribute to the prosperity of our vibrant city – we have much work to do over the next few years.”