Jim Benney, who served as chief executive officer of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) since 2003,  is no longer with the organization, according to a statement from the NFRC’s Board of Directors. He’s the third veteran staffer to leave NFRC in recent months.

Chief operating officer Deb Callahan will serve as interim CEO while the board searches for Benney’s replacement. Callahan has been with NFRC since 2005, originally serving as deputy executive director before assuming her current role as COO in 2010.

“We wish Jim the very best in the future and thank him for his service to the organization,” said NFRC board chairman Jeff Baker. “We are confident that Deb will provide excellent leadership to NFRC during this time of transition.”

Benney’s exit comes on the heels of two recent departures of veteran NFRC staffers.

In May, Ray McGowan, who had served as senior program manager with the organization since 2004, joined the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) as director of certification.

In June, Cheryl Gendron, the NFRC’s longtime meetings manager and outreach associate, also joined NEBB. She’ll serve as director of communications and events for the organization, which is described on its website as “the premier international certification association for firms that deliver high performance building systems.”

The NEBB was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md. It has 27 chapters in the U.S., Canada and Australia.


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