Well that was fast!
Instead of a months-long process of searching for a replacement executive director, while someone like Ed Rochette or Ken Hallenbeck serves as Interim Executive director, more than likely with Kim Kiick as the assistant ED, the Board simply hired Kim directly into the job, just like that. No “interim” this or “assistant” that. (I suspect they’d already had this in mind as a contingency plan.) Congratulations, Kim!
Ms. Kiick (pronounced as if it had only one “i”) certainly should know by now what the job entails. She has had some relevant experience already, and of course the headquarters staff already knows her and vice versa. So in many ways this looks very promising; one can hope that the right person for the job will turn out to have been under our noses all along. Only time will tell.
I’ve met Kim quite a number of times at ANA shows (and I even bumped into her once in “real life” just from living in the same city), but I can’t really claim to know her all that well, certainly not well enough to personally judge her ability to do the job (and I won’t make the mistake some do of assuming that just because I like someone, they can do the job). But the current board no doubt knows her very well, and (like I said before) she does have relevant experience. I am cautiously optimistic.
Here is hoping the third time (fourth? fifth? Was Chris “Buffalo” Cipoletti number 3 or number 4? I’ve lost count. And should we also count interim EDs?) is the charm.
I hope Kim succeeds spectacularly.