19 September 2005
The Yad Vashem Directorate has approved the recommendation of the Search Committee to appoint Nathan Eitan to the position of Director-General of Yad Vashem.
Nathan Eitan will replace Ishai Amrami who served in the position for past 12 years as the right hand of Chairman of the Directorate Avner Shalev, and was a partner in the implementation of Yad Vashem’s Multiyear Development Plan, including the establishment of the new Museum Complex.
Amrami (69) will retire his position, by his request, at the end of November. Eitan has already begun the process of acclimatization for his new role.
In his letter to Avner Shalev, Amrami said: “With the completion of the Development Plan, I sense, feel and think that the time has come to finish my work as Director-General and make place for a new person who can, with you, stabilize the organization and take it forward in this new era.”
Eitan (51), a resident of Jerusalem, has served for the past 7 years as Director-General of “Omanut Le’am” (Arts for the People). In 1999 he left the army-where he fulfilled various roles in the Intelligence and Education Corps-with the rank of colonel. His final position in the army was Head of the Education Department and Deputy Chief Education Officer. Eitan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Criminology from the Law Faculty at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
“With my appointment to the position,” said Eitan, “I feel a great obligation and responsibility alongside the challenge of helping to bring the organization into a new age, and help it adjust to the needs derived from the completion of the Development Plan.”