David Leach has resigned as president of the PIAA, following personal abuse he has been receiving.
The shock move is the latest twisty in what is becoming a crisis rapidly engulfing the peak print industry association.
It follows the sudden resignation of controversial CEO Jason Allen at Christmas.
Allen, who was appointed by the Leach led Board, had a tumultuous six moths as CEO before announcing he was leaving, with staff sackings and resignations, the sale of the Ayuburn HQ, the resignation of Susan Heany from the Board and a very public stoush over heritage items.
Leach says, “Things have deteriorated in the last few weeks, people were personally attacking me, in email, on the phone. I have never done that to anyone, and I don’t need it.
“This comes as a very difficult decision for me, but I think the best thing for the Association is for me to move over and make room for someone else.
“I think the entire board has done an amazing job, the industry is gloing through significant change.”
Leach became president of the PIAA almost exactly two years ago, succeeding Susan Heaney, who resigned frm the board in December, with no reason given. He came in with a vision for the future.
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