OKLAHOMA CITY – The State Chamber of Oklahoma has announced that after a nationwide executive search, Chad Warmington has been chosen as its next president and CEO, effective Feb. 1.


“I’m grateful to those who have served on our search and advisory committees over the last six months, and to Schnake Turnbo Frank who oversaw our process with professionalism and integrity,” said Steve Hahn, chairman of the State Chamber’s board of directors. “After a thorough and collaborative search involving close to a hundred candidates, we chose a finalist whose background, experience, and passion make him an ideal candidate for this role.”


Warmington currently serves as the president of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma, an organization formed after the merger of the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. He oversaw the merger of the two organizations and their staff, the establishment of a unified executive committee and board of directors, and the implementation of new governance structures and bylaws.


Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, he served as the executive vice president for the State Chamber of Oklahoma, where he managed political, government affairs, and marketing operations.


“This job is the culmination of my years of experience in being a passionate advocate for Oklahoma,” Warmington said. “I am honored to have the support of the board of directors and look forward to engaging and unifying our members and leading the voice of the business community of Oklahoma.”


Warmington has also served as chief of staff to three speakers of the Oklahoma House, on the staff of U.S. Sen. Don Nickles, and as campaign manager for multiple statewide candidates.


“Chad is a talented and experienced executive,” said Fred Morgan, president and CEO of the State Chamber. “Having known and worked with him for many years, I am confident he will be an excellent president and CEO for the State Chamber of Oklahoma.”


Morgan will continue to lead the State Chamber through early 2020 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for his successor.