CEOs for Hire: Turner-Lee's Departure Creates 2 Industry Assn Openings

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Anyone dreaming of heading an industry association has a better shot these days with CTAM and now NAMIC both searching for CEOs. Earlier this year, longtime CTAM head Char Beales announced her retirement at year-end. On Mon, NAMIC said pres/CEO Nicol Turner-Lee would depart at the end of the month to pursue other opportunities. Her resignation comes shortly after the board completed an audit stemming from an anonymous email that had alleged mismanagement of the industry’s diversity organization. The board found no evidence of wrongdoing, and her departure does not appear to be related to the audit. Turner-Lee, who could not be reached for comment Mon, never moved from DC to NYC, where NAMIC is based. Some believe her interests continue to lie in public policy, which may offer a hint as to what’s next for Turner-Lee. When she joined NAMIC in Apr ’12, the former vp and dir of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies ‘ Media and Technology Institute made it clear research would be an important part of her role at the organization. "I spent most of my career creating evidence that creates a compelling case for good public policy. At NAMIC, I’m hoping to generate more research reports that provide the evidence for good business," she told us last May. NAMIC will present its Advanced Investment Measurement (AIM) survey during a town hall meeting Oct 8 in NYC as part of Cable Diversity Week. In announcing Turner-Lee’s departure, NAMIC board chair Michael Armstrong thanked her for the many contributions she made to NAMIC and the industry during her tenure. "We wish her the best in her future endeavors," he said. A succession plan will be announced at a later date, with the exec cmte to oversee the organization in the interim. The NAMIC board took a similar role in Oct ’11 when Kathy Johnson departed as pres after 13 years with the association. "Organizationally, NAMIC is strong and we look forward to continuing our mission of educating, advocating and empowering for diversity in the cable telecommunications industry," Armstrong said.

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