Tom Collamore, executive VP and counselor to US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue, is leaving his post to launch a strategic communications shop.
He joined the Chamber in 2007 and has been in charge of communications strategy, message development, media relations, PR, advertising, member relations and branding.
Collamore is credited with creating the CoC's Campaign for Free Enterprise program to promote individual initiative, limited government and private sector-led growth.
He will continue to counsel Donahue for the rest of the year.
Prior to the CoC, Collamore did a 14-year stint at Altria Group. As VP-corporate affairs, he was responsible for public policy, PA, stakeholder outreach, political-giving and philanthropy. He also oversaw Altria's corporate identity program, environmental affairs and agricultural relations.
Earlier, Collamore served in the Bush I White House as chief of staff and assistant secretary of commerce.