Worldwide ERC® announced today that Lynn Bragg has resigned her position as CEO, and the association’s board of directors has named senior vice president Karen Reid as interim executive director. Ms. Bragg is leaving to pursue other business opportunities. “We thank Lynn Bragg for the effort she provided during our transition from a long-term CEO relationship and through a most challenging time,” said 2009 Worldwide ERC President Al Blumenberg, NEI Global Relocation.
Reid, a Worldwide ERC® senior staff member who has 30 years of experience inside the association and in the mobility industry, will take over the reins for the organization for the foreseeable future, as the new CEO strategy and search are developed. Reid said, “I truly believe that unique times give us an opportunity to be innovative. There’s a Chinese proverb that teaches us that the gem cannot be polished without friction. The ‘friction’ that is created for all of us by tighter resources and change bring new solutions and experiences, and help us develop more capabilities as we move forward. I’m delighted to step into this role for Worldwide ERC, and am honored to be able to work beside and to give back to so many people whose professionalism I have long admired.”
Blumenberg pointed out that most organizations and businesses have experienced dramatic shifts in the last eighteen months, yet “Worldwide ERC is surpassing many of our expectations – in fact, at a time when most associations are experiencing some painful attrition, our membership numbers and conference registrations are strong, and our webinars and member marketing opportunities are attracting significant participation. In this environment of challenge and change, we are most fortunate to have Karen Reid’s expertise available to us, and the Worldwide ERC staff’s resourcefulness and talents to rely on. With strong interim leadership in place, our board of directors can focus on developing a comprehensive strategy to identify, screen and select the next Worldwide ERC CEO.”
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Worldwide ERC® is the recognized industry authority on relocation and international assignments in the U.S. and major global traffic areas. Worldwide ERC® provides leadership, advocacy, education and networking to global workforce mobility professionals and stakeholders through specialized training, credentialing, meeting events and information exchange. Worldwide ERC® is headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with offices in Brussels, Belgium and Shanghai, China. Contact Worldwide ERC® at +1 703 842 3400, or visit www.WorldwideERC.org.