IABC executive director resigns after brief tenure (update)

Less than a year after hiring Chris Sorek, the communications organization has announced his resignation. UPDATED.

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IABC International Chair Kerby Meyers announced the resignation Tuesday, saying Sorek will work on special projects for the board over the next two months.

Sorek was hired to head the organization of 15,000 members a little less than a year ago. But controversy erupted within months of his arrival when IABC laid off half its 32 staffers and hired 11 newcomers, leading to an uproar as members questioned the plan and IABC’s communications.

Sorek’s resignation comes just weeks before the IABC’s annual conference. Sorek could not immediately be reached for comment.

IABC’s recent communications woes evidently did not stop with the departure of Sorek. The news of Sorek’s departure was apparently first reported externally by David Murray in his blog Tuesday evening.

IABC sent an email to leaders Tuesday, and external relations team lead consultant Claire Watson posted a press release on LinkedIn early Wednesday with the message, “Sorry all! Our technology wouldn’t allow us to post the following news release to the website.”

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