Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, has been chosen as the new head of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Read BNP’s formal announcement of the appointment here.

Ms. Gallagher-Cohen took over Visit Buffalo Niagara (previously the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau) in January 2010.  Before that, she served as a top Buffalo News executive.

She has some extremely large shoes to fill as she moves into her new position.  But given her background in business and in promoting the region, she is well equipped for the position.

I have had the pleasure of working with Dottie.  She is a bright, intelligent woman that is dedicated to the growth and revitalization of Western New York.  Unshackle Upstate wishes her the best, and looks forward to working with her to make Western New York – and all of Upstate – a better place to live, work, raise a family and grow a business.