IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, announced February 23 that Dr. E. James Prendergast, current Executive Director, has elected to retire in early 2018 after almost nine years of service.

Dr. E. James Prendergast, IEEE Executive DirectorDr. E. James Prendergast, IEEE Executive DirectorDr. Prendergast joined IEEE as Executive Director in 2009. Following his arrival, IEEE has continued to expand its influence as a trusted voice in technology, impacting a wide range of technical fields, important standards that improve lives, science education at every level, and public policy worldwide.

During his tenure, IEEE’s global presence and engagement also grew significantly with new offices in Vienna, Austria, and Bangalore, India, along with expansions in China, Japan, and Singapore.

More recently, he orchestrated the acquisition of IEEE GlobalSpec and the Engineering360 platform, which supplies content to the desks of today’s engineers.This acquisition marked the first time in its history that IEEE, a not-for-profit professional organization, acquired a for-profit corporation.

The IEEE Executive Director is the leader of 1,200 professional staff members at 11 U.S. and overseas locations. Working with the Board of Directors, the position is responsible for contributing to the development of IEEE’s strategy and for implementing the business plan to operationalize IEEE’s strategic direction.

The IEEE Board has retained Korn Ferry to conduct the search for a new Executive Director. IEEE believes that Korn Ferry, the leading global people and organizational advisory firm, has an executive recruitment team that best matches IEEE’s needs and is very pleased to have Korn Ferry assist in the search.

Lorraine Lavet, National Association Practice Leader at Korn Ferry, will conduct the search along with her colleague Paul Pospisil, Senior Client Partner for Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals, Global Life Sciences. Potential candidates interested in applying for the position should contact Korn Ferry directly at

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