CEO Jonathan Walker to Retire From Tucson CVB

After nearly 19 years with the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau (MTCVB) in Tucson, Ariz., CEO Jonathan Walker has announced his retirement, effective in March 2012, local business journal Inside Tucson Business recently reported.

Walker, 58, said he is retiring so he can spend more time with his wife, to whom he donated a kidney in 2009 when she was suffering from kidney disease.

"We went through a horrific time not knowing if she was going to make it not," Walker told Inside Tucson Business. "Thankfully, she is doing very well."

The MTCVB board said it plans to initiate a national search for Walker's replacement this fall. The search is expected to take three to six months.

"Walker's continued presence at the MTCVB over the next six months will help ensure a seamless leadership transition," MTCVB Board Chairman Lynn Ericksen said in a statement in September.