Ann Lazarus Named Interim Executive Director of the IABC

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Dear fellow member,

Since Chris Sorek resigned as IABC’s executive director to return to the corporate sector earlier this month, I have been serving as acting executive director of the organization. While I have enjoyed the opportunity to work more closely with the dedicated staff, especially given the success of this week’s World Conference in New York, this is not a role I can keep long-term.

Therefore, today I am thrilled to announce that, after a rigorous effort by the international executive board (IEB), Ann Lazarus has agreed to serve as IABC’s interim executive director until we find a permanent executive director. Ann is a professional interim executive director who specializes in assisting organizations going through transition.

[Please see the release below for more information about this announcement].

Ann’s responsibilities will include working with IABC staff to ensure continued delivery of the stellar content and career development resources that the membership expects from IABC. She will also work with IABC’s international executive board (IEB) to determine the organization’s strategic priorities moving forward.

The IEB believes that Ann’s extensive change management experience during this time of transition will prove to be a tremendous asset. As a professional interim executive director, Ann will play a key role in helping stabilize the organization while keeping it focused on building value for members and enhancing its value in the challenging marketplace environment in which IABC operates.

Ultimately, the IEB knows that consistency and continuity are important aspects of IABC’s ongoing relationship with you, and we value the trust you’ve placed in the organization and the IEB. The organization remains committed to providing the content and career development needs that you and all of our professional peers demand—and comprise the core of the organization’s strategic direction—and we believe this transition will prove seamless to you. Meanwhile, we believe that we will all continue to benefit from the same high level of service that you are accustomed to from the hard-working staff at IABC headquarters.

If you are one of IABC’s great volunteer leaders, I know I have approached this announcement differently than our standard procedure of giving you advance notice. That is a reflection of the time of year—when chapter and regional boards are turning over and we’re updating leadership contact information—and the tight timing of this announcement. Going forward, the IEB and staff will continue to work to support you in your leadership roles.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the organization,

Kerby Meyers
Past Chair
IABC international executive board


Ann Lazarus Named Interim Executive Director of the
International Association of Business Communicators

ann-lazarusSAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 28, 2013 – The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) announced today that it has appointed Ann Lazarus as interim executive director of IABC, effective July 1, 2013. In this role, Lazarus will manage the day-to-day operations of IABC’s staff in its San Francisco headquarters. She will report to IABC’s international executive board, an international volunteer board of directors that sets the strategic direction of the organization.

“The international executive board of IABC is thrilled that Ann Lazarus is available to step in as IABC’s interim executive director. 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. “As such, we believe Ann will be invaluable in helping the organization keep focused on its long-term strategies while making the investments necessary to reinforce our commitment to improving IABC’s position as the lead resource for communication professionals worldwide. We look forward to Ann’s contributions during this time.”

Lazarus specializes in working as an interim executive for nonprofits in transition, most recently as interim president of the Saint Francis Foundation, which works to raise funds and cultivate resources to support the programs of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. She’s also served as interim executive director for the San Francisco School of Volunteers, the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, the Enterprise for High School Students and the Fort Mason Center. Currently, she serves as vice president of the San Francisco Board of Appeals—a term which ends July 1, 2014. Lazarus holds a Bachelor of Arts and MBA degrees from Stanford University and a Masters in Urban Studies from Occidental College.

On June 4, 2013, IABC announced that then-executive director Chris Sorek had resigned to return to the corporate sector. The organization expects the search for a new permanent executive director to commence within the next 60 days.