Paul Thiel – Photo courtesy of Charmen’s RoundTable

Paul Thiel – Photo courtesy of Charmen’s RoundTable

The Chairmen’s RoundTable, a San Diego nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono mentoring to CEOs of private businesses in the region, announced that it has elected Paul Thiel as its chairman.

Thiel succeeds Richard Earnest, who will remain on the board as chairman emeritus, according to the organization.

Thiel is currently the regional managing director for BNY Mellon. He joined CRT after serving as CEO of TruCost Inc., a Sorrento Valley-based information services provider in the hospitality industry, and two media companies in Orange County, McClain Publishing Co. and Freedom Interactive Inc., according to the group.

He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, a BA from the University of Connecticut.

“Paul joined the CRT in 2011 and has been an active member since day one,” said Earnest. “He has served on our board to help guide and build our organization as well as taken on multiple mentoring assignments. Paul is passionate about the CRT’s mission to strengthen San Diego one company at a time. I am so pleased to hand over the reins to such a dedicated member of our team.”

The balance of its 2016 board of directors appointments are: Jason Kruger, chief financial officer; Dave Ryan, vice chair, program development; Cory Grant, vice chair, sponsor development; Kevin Brown, vice chair, partner relations; David Kramer, vice chair, marketing; Andy Fichthorn, vice chair, client acquisition; and Esther Rodriguez, vice chair, mentor development.