Barry Eveland, a former state top executive for IBM in North Carolina, has been named the interim president and chief executive officer of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry.

Eveland will replace Phil Kirk, the long-time NCCBI top executive, who recently announced plans to step down at the end of the year.

Eveland is quite familiar with the NCCBI, having served on its executive committee for the past four years and is a former chairman. He will assume his new duties as of Jan. 1.

“As an executive committee member and past chairman, I am very appreciative of Phil’s outstanding contributions to NCCBI over the last 16 years,” said Eveland in a statement. “He has provided excellent representation of NCCBI members and business interests before the general public and key audiences like the state legislature.

“My priorities as interim president/CEO will be those of our membership,” Eveland added. “We’ll continue operating from the same strategic platform to facilitate economic development, lower income taxes, improve state government efficiency and collaborate on health care that is affordable for employers and employees.”

The NCCBI will continue to search for a permanent replacement for Kirk, who had led the NCCBI since 1989.

Eveland retired from his IBM post earlier this year.