Tuesday, February 11, 2020

ARRL Board Fires its CEO

Barry Shelley, N1VXY,
is the ARRL's new
interim CEO.
(ARRL photo)
The ARRL board of directors voted at its January meeting not to renew the contract of CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX. No official reason was provided. However, Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ, suggested in an email to members that lack of progress in the League's new "lifelong learning project" was a key factor from her perspective, along with a statement that the ARRL doesn't "hire a CEO simply for their 'vision.' Rather, the CEO is the person that manages the League staff at the direction of the Board." Michel had been CEO for just over a year. 
Former ARRL Chief Financial Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, was named interim CEO while a search committee interviews candidates in preparation for submitting three candidates to the full board for a vote. Shelley had also served as interim CEO in 2018 before Michel was selected for the position.