IABC names interim executive director

The International Association of Business Communicators appointed Ann Lazarus as interim executive director.

IABC is no stranger to making news that’s not always well received—especially in recent weeks. But Sunday’s announcement is one it hopes will elicit a positive response from members.

The association named Ann Lazarus as interim executive director effective Monday, July 1. The announcement was emailed to members and posted to IABC’s LinkedIn group.

“Ann has extensive experience in helping organizations in transition and we’re confident she’ll be a valuable link to the organization’s next permanent executive director,” said Kerby Meyers, the immediate past chair of IABC’s international executive board, in a press release.

The position has been empty for nearly a month when, on June 4, then-executive director Chris Sorek resigned from the post after what many deemed a tumultuous reign. He was in the position for less than a year.

Sorek’s resignation came weeks before IABC’s world conference where it held a town hall for members to discuss how the leadership handled the Sorek announcement and its year of controversy. Reviews were mixed.

According to the press release, IABC expects the search for a new permanent executive director to commence within the next 60 days.

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