Nykia Wright becomes interim Chief Executive Officer on Nov. 20. The former Chicago Sun-Times CEO replaces Bob Goldberg, who plans to retire.
CHICAGO – The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) announced that Nykia Wright has been appointed its interim Chief Executive Officer, starting Nov. 20, 2023. Retiring CEO Bob Goldberg will serve as an executive consultant during the transition. As previously announced, NAR is conducting a comprehensive search process to identify a permanent CEO.
As CEO of the Chicago Sun-Times, Wright led the newspaper through a sweeping digital transformation and a merger with WBEZ (Chicago Public Media). She began her career in the financial services industry and, prior to leading the Sun-Times, was a strategy and business transformation consultant who advised companies and organizations on a variety of operational, financial and performance improvement matters.
She is also co-founder of SonicMESSENGER, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup helping democratize audience engagement and measurement by leveraging smart audio. She sits on the board of the American Cancer Society and the Better Government Association, among other entities, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at her alma mater, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
“We are delighted to welcome Nykia as interim CEO,” says NAR President Tracy Kasper. “Her deep experience driving organizational transformation positions her well to advance our strategy, vision and culture initiatives. I look forward to working with her, in partnership with our Leadership Team and staff, to continue strengthening our organization.
“NAR advocates for and empowers people who help families across America realize the dream of homeownership,” Wright says. “I am honored to join the organization at this important moment, when the opportunity to make a difference in the evolving real estate landscape has never been greater.”
Goldberg also spoke about the transition.
“After announcing my decision to retire earlier this year, and as I reflected on my 30 years at NAR, I determined last month that now is the right time for this extraordinary organization to look to the future,” he says. “Nykia’s strategic expertise and forward-looking perspective are exactly what NAR needs to continue advancing its mission in an ever-changing world. I am grateful for the privilege of leading NAR and confident that the association will continue delivering incredible value to its members for generations to come.”
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