President & CEO
Chief of Staff
Kathryn Kryder Putnam
Hala Moddelmog is a business and civic leader with more than 20 years in president and CEO roles. She also serves as a corporate director for two NYSE companies – FLEETCOR Technologies and Lamb Weston – and as a board member of several blue-chip nonprofit organizations.
As the first female president and CEO of the nearly 160-year-old Metro Atlanta Chamber, Hala works on behalf of FORTUNE 500 companies and SMEs in the country’s ninth largest metro region. Prior to joining MAC, Hala was president of Arby’s Restaurant Group, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the first woman to lead an international restaurant company as president of Church’s Chicken.
Hala’s current nonprofit boards include Georgia Public Broadcasting appointed by the Governor of Georgia, Woodruff Arts Center, The Alliance Theatre co-chair for 2017-2019 and Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business.
Hala has a Master of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgia Southern University. She has attended executive education programs at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Management. Georgia Southern University awarded Hala an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber is dedicated to positioning Atlanta as a top-tier global competitor while leading our region to a more prosperous and vibrant future. Our focus is advancing economic growth, enhancing our business climate and improving the quality of life for each and every person who calls Atlanta home.
As a job creation engine, we are committed to growing the metro region through the recruitment, retention, and expansion of businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. We achieve this through our dedication to the globally competitive industries that make up our strong ecosystem.
Maintaining a business-friendly environment is vital to our success. We act to enable sustained economic growth by promoting sound public policy and quality of life initiatives. From the arts to sports, we understand that a healthy business climate is derived from a well-balanced community.
Attracting and retaining talent is crucial to positioning Atlanta as a top-tier global destination. It is our mission to promote an accurate and compelling impression of our region and the myriad opportunities for professional and personal achievement.
The success of MAC emanates from its valued members, and we work hard to help our members stay involved, connected, and informed. For more information, visit www.metroatlantachamber.com.
Atlanta isn’t up and coming – it’s here, it’s now and it’s next.
We’re a region of visionaries who are inventing, connecting, inspiring and thriving. We nurture and welcome the brightest talent – individuals who disrupt the status quo and crusade to change the world.