Wanted: high fliers to lead Jewish Community Centre


The Jewish Community Centre for London's announcement that it is seeking a new chief executive means that three high-profile Jewish community posts are now up for grabs.

Aside from the JCC job, the chief executive position at Bicom, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, until recently held by Lorna Fitzsimons; and the chief executive role at the United Jewish Israel Appeal, whose outgoing CEO is Doug Krikler, are both being vacated.

The new chief executive of the JCC will initially work alongside incumbent Nick Viner, who joined the organisation in 2005.

Mr Viner will stay on until the opening of the JCC's newly-built community centre, scheduled to open in autumn 2013.

Debbie Klein, chairman of the JCC board, said: "We're very excited to be recruiting for this crucial role. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone to stamp their imprint on the future of London Jewry by transforming Jewish life in the capital."

Mr Viner joined the JCC after 20 years at the Boston Consulting Group where he was a senior partner. He has overseen the transition of the organisation - the brainchild of Dame Vivien Duffield - from social and cultural "cuckoo", whose diverse programmes take place at a number of venues across the capital, to the planning and delivery of the new building on Swiss Cottage's Finchley Road.

Mr Viner said: "Programmming and running a thriving community building requires an entirely different set of skills. It has been an immense privilege to lead the JCC to this point, but now it's time to begin the handover to the person who will take the organisation forward and enable it to fulfil its potential."

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