Cator will handle the day-to-day operations of the chamber.
"Susan has a remarkable background in media and marketing to the Darien community," said John Lundeen, a member of the chamber's executive board and search committee. "In her own business, she has had her hands on the pulse of both the business and residential sides of the town."
Cator, a resident of Darien for 22 years, has experience in advertising, marketing, promotion and custom publishing. Most recently, she welcomed new residents to Darien through New Neighbors, a marketing service that helps families get settled in their new community.
"It's an exciting time for Darien," Cator said. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Darien business community as the director of the Darien Chamber of Commerce.
"I have lived in a small Philadelphia town where everyone knew each other, the large city of Manhattan, as far south as New Orleans and as far west as Seattle, but have lived the longest here in Darien.
"Having lived here for 22 years, I think our town looks the best it ever has. We now have more restaurants with terrific fare and service, larger retailers and smaller boutiques, we have small courtyards to gather during the day or for a concert at night, and we still have our own movie theater. It wasn't like this when I moved here. Our residents are enjoying themselves locally, and those from other towns are coming here.
"Our housing market is vital, with more and more young families moving to Darien."
She added, "It is a wonderful community with so many dedicated, generous, creative and caring individuals.
I look forward to working with each and every member of the chamber."