Peter Goettler, who retired from his position as head of debt capital markets and investment banking, Americas, at Barclays Capital in New York City in 2008, has been elected chairman of the board for the New York City-Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Goettler, of New Canaan, has been a member of the board since 2008 and has been chairman of numerous committees.

"Peter brings boundless drive and enthusiasm and I look forward to our partnership in moving the chapter forward to empower people living with MS and improving their lives," Robin Einbinder, chapter president, said in a release.

Goettler's involvement with the chapter dates back to mid-1990s. Over the years, he became more involved through his participation in the fundraising event, Bike MS NYC. He is a member of the Bike MS NYC team, Barclay's Chain Gang, which has helped raise more than $1 million for the event. The funds that he helped raise support the comprehensive programs and services the chapter provides to more than 10,000 people in the area affected by MS. Funds also support the National MS Society's critical research initiatives, an area that Peter has a keen interest in as his wife is living with MS.

"I am honored to continue to dedicate my energy and resources to the chapter in my new role," Goettler said in a release. "I am committed to the mission of creating a world free of multiple sclerosis and look forward to engaging with our constituents on an even deeper level."

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His two-year term began on Oct. 1 and continues through Sept. 30, 2015.