Joe Lamond has announced that he will step down as president and CEO of NAMM, effective spring 2023.
Lamond announced his intention to leave his role at the 120-year-old trade association at the annual NAMM Board Of Directors meeting. He has served as the head of NAMM for the last two decades, and has announced plans to work with the organisation to streamline the transition of leadership.
He said of the decision: “Serving our global membership and working with the talented NAMM team has been an absolute honour. However, I’ve always thought of my life in terms of chapters, the musician and touring chapter, the music retail chapter, this amazing NAMM chapter, and now perhaps one more mountain ahead left to climb.
“One thing is for sure, we’re going to take the time to get this transition right. We are committed to finding the best possible CEO for NAMM, one who can lead this great organization and industry and serve our global membership in the years ahead.”
Chris Martin, chair of the NAMM Board Of Directors, said: “I have enjoyed working with Joe for many years. During my time on NAMM’s Executive Committee, I watched Joe manoeuvre the ever-changing association and trade show landscape with skill, enthusiasm, and vision. His desire to bring all of us together as one community has created a stronger and more durable NAMM. I personally want to thank Joe for his unwavering dedication to this thing of ours.”
The announcement comes just two weeks ahead of the Summer NAMM show, which is set to take place on 15-16 July in person. This follows the event and its winter incarnation taking place virtually, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
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