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Board gets new DG

Last updated: 2004-09-13

The Board of Deputies is delighted to announce the appointment of Jon Benjamin as its new Director General.  The appointment was announced at yesterday's Plenary Meeting in London.  Mr Benjamin, 39, is currently the Chief Executive of British ORT.  He will succeed Neville Nagler, who will be stepping down later in the year.
Commenting on the appointment, Board President Henry Grunwald QC said "The Executive Committee of the Board is very pleased to appoint Jon Benjamin as the new Director General of the Board. We feel confident that he will prove a worthy successor to Neville Nagler, to whom we are indebted for holding the reins of the organisation for more than thirteen years. Jon Benjamin has a wide experience of the Jewish community and a deep commitment to the aims and activities of the Board. We all look forward to working closely with him in the years ahead, and feel certain that he will make a major contribution to the wide range of activities carried out by the Board, and through the Board to the well-being of the entire community."
Jon Benjamin joined British ORT from the UJIA in 1999, having previously practised as a litigation solicitor in the City. He commented, "The Board is at the forefront in responding to the numerous challenges currently facing Jews in Britain.  I feel honoured to have been chosen for this role and privileged to be able to serve the community in this vital work.
"ORT, like the Board of Deputies, addresses some of the most fundamental issues facing Jewish people today," he said of the global educational charity.  "Working with colleagues from around the world to provide a more secure future for young Jews and for the communities in which they live has been immensely rewarding.  Education, in the broadest sense of the word, is essential to us both as individuals and as a community - something both the Board and ORT understand so well."
Alan Goldman, Co-Chairman of British ORT, praised Mr Benjamin's contribution to ORT.  "Jon has worked tirelessly over the last five years to raise the profile of British ORT.  He has been a committed and valued member of our management team and has helped lay the groundwork for our future success.  We wish him well at the Board of Deputies."