A local official who has served on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce for eight and a half years is moving on to another occupation.
While it is not yet clear who will take over his vacated post, Joel Harper, who served as president of the chamber, will start working with International Business Machines on Nov. 17.
"I've accepted a position at International Business Machines at the Research Triangle Park," he said. "I was asked to come (there) about six weeks ago."
Clain Anderson, program director responsible for marketing development and alliances for the company, said Harper would be working as a Net-Vista Program Manager.
"Joel is an outstanding individual," Anderson said. "His job will be putting together alliances with other companies who produce hardware and software."
Anderson said he hand-picked Harper to be a program manager.
"I was fortunate enough to know Joel because I live in Chapel Hill," Anderson said. "I knew what his skills and capabilities were, so I asked him.
"It's a fantastic job. It will give him a lot of opportunities for (mobility)."