|ARRL President Rick|
The ARRL Board of Directors in January elected a new president for the organization and hired a new Chief Executive Officer. Rick Roderick, K5UR, of Little Rock, Arkansas, is the League's new president, succeeding Kay Craigie, N3KN, who did not seek re-election to a fourth two-year term. Roderick had been First Vice President prior to his election to the top spot.
In addition, the board voted to hire Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach, Florida and New York City, to be the ARRL's new Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, who is retiring in April after more than four decades on the ARRL staff. Gallagher is an investment banker and financial services executive, according to the League's announcement. He has been a ham since 1966 and calls himself "an incurable HF DXer and inveterate tinkerer."
Finally, former ARRL/VEC Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, is returning to the League staff as Contest Branch Manager. He fills a vacancy created last year by the resignation of Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW.
Still to come: A successor to ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, who is retiring as of March 1.