- Sara Ehlers |
Los Angeles - Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District lost its executive director. After serving the position for 17 years, Kent Smith announced that he would be retiring this summer.
In May, FashionUnited reported that Smith stepped down from his role at the Fashion District BID. During his role at the company, he improved Los Angeles’ BID and brought it to success. However, when he announced his retirement, the organization was left without a permanent successor. So far, the search for a new executive director remains. However, in the meantime, Rena Masten Leddy will be taking over as an interim director. According to Apparel News, she will step in, as she has previously already been working for the Los Angeles Fashion District BID since last year. She will serve as the director until the organization’s board members can find a new permanent hire.
The Los Angeles Fashion District BID has been established since 1996. The organization’s main mission was help improve business in the Los Angeles area. Currently, there are eight BIDs in downtown Los Angeles. The organization collects approximately 4 million dollars a year in assessments, according to BID’s website. While on the search for a new director, Leddy will temporarily serve as the organization’s interim leader.