ICN chief executive officer David Benton steps down

David Benton, chief executive officer of the ICN since October 2008, has announced he will step down from the position on September 30

The chief executive officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has announced he is stepping down from his post to pursue a career opportunity in the United States.

David Benton

David Benton, who has served as chief executive officer (CEO) of the ICN since October 2008, will leave his post on September 30. He will become CEO of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), a not-for-profit membership organisation for nursing boards in the United States. Every state in the US has a nursing board that regulates nurses.

ICN board member Pierre Théraulaz will act as interim CEO until a successor is appointed.

Before taking up his current post, Dr Benton worked as an ICN consultant in nursing and health policy for three years, during which time he provided expertise in regulation, licensing and education.

‘I am grateful to have spent ten years with ICN, and am proud of the work ICN has achieved during that time,’ said Dr Benton. ‘My role as ICN’s CEO has been challenging, exciting and at times difficult, but I have been honoured to have worked with some amazing people and to have had the opportunity to bring new members to ICN, including the Chinese Nursing Association and the Indian Nursing Council. I am looking forward to the new challenges which NCSBN will bring me.’

ICN president Judith Shamian said: ‘David has led ICN through some challenging times and we are grateful for his leadership over the past seven years. The ICN board and I wish him lots of success in his future role as CEO of NCSBN.’

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