IAA’s Executive Director to Step Down

Michael Lee, executive director of the International Advertising Association, will not renew his employment contract when it expires in March 2011.

Lee has served for nearly a decade in leadership roles with the organization. He has been executive director since 2006, after previous tenures as chairman/world president and svp.

He will now focus on other professional interests, such as his marcom firm Lee and Steel, as well as consulting and public service activities.

In a statement, Lee said, “It’s been a privilege to have had a decade in leadership roles at the IAA. Amid unprecedented challenges to our industry the association is stronger than ever. Together with my global colleagues, we have raised the image of the IAA and the industry around the world. The IAA has significantly raised the bar for global ad industry conferences and events and brought the industry and world to work together on key issues, notably the 2009 award-winning Hopenhagen climate-change campaign in support of the United Nations.”

IAA world chairman and president Alan Rutherford added, “We are deeply sorry to see Michael leave and are grateful for his decade of service. He has been a passionate and driving force in the association and leaves us in great shape due to his energy and commitment.”

No successor has been named.