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Oct 05, 2018

On the heels of our incredibly successful convention, I wanted to provide a brief update on the status of the search for John M. Grau’s successor as NECA’s Chief Executive Officer.

A Search Committee (members list below) was formed early this year. The Committee is tasked with evaluating a wide range of candidates, and will ultimately recommend a final candidate for hire to the Executive Committee. We hope to introduce the newly selected Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to the membership early next year.

Our Committee vetted numerous executive search firms and selected Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA), a leading executive search and assessment firm. Stephanie Tomasso, the Head of RRA’s Trade and Professional Association Practice, is leading the search on our behalf and has spent a great deal of time meeting and speaking with many of our key stakeholders to learn more about NECA’s current state, our aspirations for the future, and the critical skillsets needed in our next CEO. They have worked with us to develop this position specification ».

At this time, we would like to seek your thoughts about potentially strong candidates. If you would like to nominate an individual(s) for consideration, please contact the Russell Reynolds team directly by emailing Stephanie, stephanie.tomasso@russellreynolds.com, by Friday, October 26.

Moving forward, the Search Committee will be working closely with Russell Reynolds as they develop a slate of potential candidates. While the need for confidentiality will prevent us from sharing details about particular candidates, we will keep you informed as best we can as the process moves forward.


David Long

NECA Search Committee Members:

  • David Long
  • Larry Beltramo
  • Dennis Quebe
  • David Hardt