William M. Murray, who has served as CEO of the Public Relations Society of America for more than seven years, has resigned from his position, the PRSA announced Friday.
Murray is leaving “to pursue a new leadership opportunity outside the communications profession,” a PRSA press release
states. He plans to remain with the organization until June 1 to help with the transition to a new CEO.
Murray further explained his reasoning in a statement:
After deep reflection, I’ve decided that the time has come for me to leave PRSA and pursue new opportunities and new challenges. It has been a tremendous pleasure to serve the Society as part of the dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and leaders who are committed to advancing the profession of public relations – many of whom I consider friends.
PRSA is already conducting a national search for Murray’s successor, led by its executive committee and board of directors.
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Murray was named outstanding association executive of the year in 2009 by the New York Society of Association Executives.