ARRL CEO: “Balance Has Been Lost”

ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, says the “balance has been lost” between the League’s three major components – a membership organization, a business and a 501(c)(3) charity. The key, according to the ARRL Letter, is creating value. Speaking at Ham Radio University in New York in early January, Michel said the League needs to refocus its priorities on creating value for new licensees who currently don’t join ARRL or quit after a year; shift the perspective in its publishing operations from producing books to producing and delivering value to readers, regardless of the medium, and that the organization must do more for new hams once they become licensed. “We’ve got them through the test to get their license,” he said, “and then we’ve dropped them. We’ve got to fix that.”
A major part of Michel’s effort to have the ARRL deliver more value to its members and prospective members is a reorganization of the League’s management structure. He announced plans in early February to create a management council to discuss long-term planning, ideas and operations; and the creation of two new positions, a Product Development Manager and a Marketing Communications Manager.

WB2ITX Takes Helm at ARRL

Howard Michel, WB2ITX, began work as the ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer in mid-October, the third new CEO since the retirement of Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, in 2016. Michel, who previously worked in the robotics and artificial intelligence industries, also served as volunteer president and CEO of IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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