MRII Announces Jeffrey Henning to Step Down, Launches Search for new Executive Director

SARASOTA, FL, January 22, 2021 — The Market Research Institute International (MRII) today announced that Jeffrey Henning, its executive director, intends to step down once a replacement is identified.

The Board has formed a committee to direct the search for a new executive director. The committee will include MRII board members Dan Coates, Stephanie C. Harris, Jon Last, Michael Mermelstein, Marjette Stark, Karen Scherbaum, and Pamela Bracken, among others.

Stephanie C. Harris, MRII President, said, “I would like to thank Jeffrey for his visionary leadership of the MRII. The last few years have seen tremendous change in the industry. Through Jeffrey’s guidance, we have been able to pivot to meet these challenges to continue to provide quality online courses to the Market Research industry.”

Jeffrey said, “I am grateful to MRII for providing me with the opportunity to give something back to a profession and an industry that has been very good to me. I look forward to working alongside the new executive director to provide a smooth transition and to volunteering to assist the board in the future.” Henning was a member of the board from 2015 to 2018, serving on the marketing committee and as president-elect and president. “I believe that MRII is well positioned to continue preparing market research professionals for success in a constantly changing landscape.”

Dan Coates, MRII past president and search-committee chair, said, “The MRII board is dedicated to finding a strong successor who will build on our record of providing comprehensive education in the overarching principles of the market research industry. As a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference for the marketing research profession, this part-time position seeks to attract candidates who are looking to make a contribution to the industry.”

Interested candidates are encouraged to obtain more information by reviewing the job description and apply using this application form.

Submissions are requested by February 12.

About MRII

A nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by a consortium of industry leaders, MRII offers the industry’s premier online market research courses designed to teach the fundamental skills needed to conduct robust and insightful market research. Authored and continually updated by industry subject matter experts, the courses are supported by and meet the certification requirements of industry associations worldwide. Through a unique cooperation with the University of Georgia, MRII offers the Principles of Market Research and thirteen Principles Express line of courses. Nearly 9,000 practitioners from 107 countries have taken a certificate course. For more information, go to:

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