Quincy Hentzel has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Hentzel is the first woman to head the Chamber according to a spokesman, and took up running it as interim CEO in February after Chris Hall resigned from the position.

She was brought on in a permanent capacity “after an exhaustive search process” that attracted more than 70 applicants, according to statements from Chamber officials.

“I am thrilled by this opportunity to lead the Chamber into our next phase. We need to change with the times and listen to what it is our members want and need,” Hentzel said in a statement. “We are being more inclusive – launching new events and focusing efforts on small business, immigrant-owned businesses and women in the business community.”

The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce serves several affiliated community chambers of commerce for Portland and the neighboring communities of Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gorham, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook.

Before becoming interim CEO, Hentzel was the volunteer president of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce. She previously worked in public relations and as a lobbyist to the state and federal government for the Maine Credit Union League, according to a statement from Ben Bulkeley, the chamber’s marketing and events manager.