Douglas Leonard begins IALD Presidency

(USA) – Leonard follows David Ghatan as President of the IALD.

Douglas Leonard, Director of DLLD, based in Santiago, Chile, has assumed the presidency of the IALD, replacing former President David Ghatan at the beginning of the year.

In a welcoming letter, Leonard said: “It’s my pleasure to begin the year by assuming the presidency of the International Association of Lighting Designers. While reflecting on the journey of IALD and its members over the last 50 years, I am excited and hopeful for the growth and challenges we face as a profession as we move into the next 50 years.

“The scope of lighting design work has continued to expand and the complexity of that work has increased,” he continued. “Lighting designers have multiple responsibilities they did not have 50 years ago, and must manage across a variety of platforms and engage large and changing groups of stakeholders.

“Clients are expecting services beyond lighting design, which can impact how services are delivered and how a business is structured. As in other professional fields, there is more work – but it is more complex and requires more technical knowledge and soft skills.

“The work of the IALD keeps us at the forefront of these changes, while continuing to excel at serving our members.”

Leonard, who has served on the IALD Board of Directors for the last three years, will stand as President for the next two years.