Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce has selected Kathi Van Etten as the chamber’s new president and chief executive.

The chamber announced the appointment during its Salute to Excellence Gala on Friday. Chairwoman Dorina Timbol said the board voted unanimously for Van Etten.

The audience gave a standing ovation after the announcement at the Vineyards event center at 2525 Stow St.

For seven years, Van Etten has served on the chamber staff, most recently as interim chief executive and director of communications.

“Kathi comes to us with a wealth of acquired knowledge about the chamber and the City of Simi Valley. Her passion for the chamber is unsurpassed and was the natural choice to assume the position as our president,” Timbol said in a statement.