BISMARCK, N.D. — The president and chief executive of North Dakota’s largest business organization has resigned.

The North Dakota Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that Andy Peterson’s resignation was effective immediately.

Peterson headed the group for seven years. He would not comment on the reason for his resignation but says he “wishes” the organization “all the best.”

Chamber spokesman Jason Matthews says he did not know the reason for Peterson’s resignation.

The group has more than 1,000 members and offers programs and services to help businesses in the state.

Prior to heading the North Dakota group, Peterson was a longtime policy and education director for the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce in Minnesota.

Matthews says a search for Peterson’s replacement has not begun.

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