AUGUSTA — A retired United States Navy officer, medical practice manager and award-winning community leader will be taking the helm of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. Ross H. Cunningham of Lisbon was selected by the chamber’s board of directors to begin duties as president and CEO of the regional chamber on Jan. 5.

Cunningham, a Navy lieutenant commander, served five tours at Brunswick Naval Air Station before retiring in 2008 and becoming a medical practice manager. He presently serves as practice manager of both Mid Coast Medical Group — General Surgery at Parkview and Mid Coast Medical Group — Women’s Health Care, both in Brunswick.

He is the founder and president of Positive Change Lisbon, a nonprofit group of business leaders and citizens who want to build a stronger community, promote collaboration and encourage commercial development and increased investment in existing properties.