The Consumer Technology Association announced on Friday that Senior Vice President of Communications and Strategic Relationships Jeff Joseph will depart the association at the conclusion of CES 2018 in January. Joseph has spent the last 12 years leading CTA’s communications department. In the statement, CTA said Joseph plans to “pursue consulting ventures and other strategic communications opportunities.”
"Jeff has been a huge contributor to the strong growth in our association, including our size, our membership and the events," Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CTA, said in the statement. "We love Jeff: He is upbeat, empathetic, strategic and an ethical lodestar. He has been a friend and mentor to many employees. He has been a passionate spokesman about the benefits of innovation and consumer technology. We will miss Jeff as a CTA executive, but expect to stay close with him as he embarks on his next journey."
The announcement brings to a close Joseph’s second stint with the association. He began his career at CTA in 1998 when it was then called the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association. He left in 2006 to join the Biotechnology Industry Association as its Vice President of Communications. Joseph returned to CTA in 2012.
In his role at CTA, Joseph manages the association’s extensive communications and media relations activities, including serving as the media spokesperson on numerous issues. He’s been responsible for CTA’s public relations, thought leadership, event communication, consumer educations, association publications, and more during his 14 years with the organization. Under his leadership, the media attendance and coverage of CES and the association has increased each year, according to CTA.
For CTA, this is the second big-time departure in a matter of weeks. In August, longtime staff economist Shawn DuBravac announced that he was leaving the association to start his own research consultancy.