Today brings word of change at the top of our industry’s biggest trade association. William M. Murray, CEO of the PRSA for the past seven-plus years, will resign effective June 1st to pursue an unnamed opportunity “outside the communications industry.”
The org made the announcement today in both a press release and an email to members.
The release notes the role Murray played in “helping to drive forward an extended period of structural growth for the organization”; the New York Society of Association Executives named him its Outstanding Association Executive of the Year for 2009.
Joe Cohen, national PRSA Chair and MWW SVP, took the opportunity to praise the outgoing CEO for his efforts to “instill a bottom-line business sensibility within the organization”, allowing it to emerge from the recession intact. Murray himself writes:
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve PRSA during a critical period for the organization and for the profession.”
He will remain in his position for the next few weeks while organization begins its nationwide search for his successor—who will have some big shoes to fill.