Hadassin set to leave JAA

After seven years as CEO of the JAA Ian Hadassin will be leaving his role at the end of his contract period in June.

After seven years as CEO of the Jewellers Association of Australia, Ian Hadassin will be leaving his role at the end of his contract period in June.

Announcing Hadassin’s upcoming departure in an official statement, JAA president Selwyn Brandt said that Hadassin had made a significant contribution to the JAA but the association operates in an increasingly competitive global market and was therefore “evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of its members, the jewellery industry more broadly, and consumers”.

“He was instrumental in the development of key projects such as setting up an in-house consumer complaints facility, introducing a new Constitution in 2010, introducing the JAA Code of Practice (as it was known at the time) with subsequent updates, introducing a new member database and website, and recently has played an important role in the JAA Board Review and re-drafting of the JAA Constitution and Code of Conduct…

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but we feel the time is right in moving the organisation in a new direction.”

Describing his seven years as CEO as “challenging yet rewarding”, Hadassin said “the board has embarked on a new strategy for the organisation which will take the JAA into a new and exciting era”

“I believe the JAA needs a leader who will be here longer term for this new direction”.

Brandt said the board was now focused on selecting a new leader to work with it “to chart the organisation’s course and execute it in a highly competitive industry”.

“As president, I’ll work closely with Ian and other members of the board to identify a suitable candidate,” he said.

“We’re fortunate to have Ian in his role until the new candidate assumes these duties and thank him for his notable contributions over the past seven years”.