Freeman to direct IABC into new era

SAN FRANCISCO: The IABC has hired Julie Freeman as its new

president, hoping she will provide the group with a much-needed shot in

the arm.



A Deloitte & Touche audit revealed the IABC lost dollars 1 million in

2000, and former CEO Elizabeth Allen resigned in January.



"This will be the beginning of a clean slate for IABC," said chairman

Charles Pizzo.



Freeman is leaving her post as executive director of the Professional

Picture Framers Association, which has experienced financial problems in

the past.



"It's never good news to find out an organization you are considering

working for has had problems," Freeman said. "But in talking with the

staff and the board, it is my belief the problems have solutions."



Lou Williams has been interim president since Allen's departure. "I

think we have started to rebuild our credibility," he said. "But

credibility comes from performance."



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