Hospital chief new Fla. Chamber of Commerce chair

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Orlando hospital executive Lars Houmann is the Florida Chamber of Commerce's new chairman.

The business group announced Houmann's election on Wednesday as board chairman for 2012-13. He will succeed Anthony Connelly, senior vice president of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, on Nov. 1, and serve a one-year term.

Houmann is president and CEO of Florida Hospital and the Florida Division of Adventist Health System, which has 23 hospitals in the state.

He also currently serves as board chairman of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and is a board member with the Florida Hospital Association.