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Board gets new DG

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-09-14

Jon Benjamin

Jon Benjamin

The Board of Deputies has appointed the chief executive of British ORT to be its new director general.

Jon Benjamin, 39, will take up his new role later this year when current director general Neville Nagler leaves after 13 years in the post.

"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 13 years," said Board president Henry Grunwald.

"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."

A former litigation solicitor, Mr Benjamin joined British ORT from the UJIA in 1999.

"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," he said.