In a blog post titled “Transitions,” Washington Technology Industry Association CEO Susan Sigl has announced that she plans to step down as head of the organization.
“There’s only one place to start with this message: I love Washington’s tech industry,” wrote Sigl. “This is why it’s bittersweet to announce that after three years leading the WTIA, I am stepping down as CEO. Handing off the reins in good times is one of the toughest decisions a leader can make, but it’s from this fortunate place that I am preparing to exit the WTIA.”
Sigl did not give a reason for the departure in the post, only saying that she plans to return to the tech industry after taking some time off. We’ve followed up with Sigl, a former venture capitalist at Seapoint Ventures, her for more details.
The WTIA is one of the largest tech trade groups in the state, with more than 800 member companies. It has hired an executive recruitment firm to find Sigl’s replacement.
UPDATE: Here’s more from an email that Sigl sent to GeekWire:
This is completely my decision and was not an easy one to make because I remain passionate about the association, its accomplishments and the on-going potential to be a significant contributor to Washington’s tech sector.
For the first time in my career, I’d like to take some extended time off to enjoy with my family and really experience summer in Seattle. I feel that now is a perfect time for this because the WTIA is as strong as ever, and is well positioned to continue advocating for the interests of Washington’s tech sector, working to improve STEM education and to provide networking and education events for local tech leaders.
We also have a national leadership role in TECNA (Technology Councils of North America) which will serve WA well as the continued competition to build innovation hubs across the continent continues. I’m very proud of the many things accomplished during my three-year tenure as CEO of the WTIA, and look forward to seeing how its new leader will push the WTIA to the next level of success.