“After two incredible years leading the team at Project, I have decided to step down as president in order to pursue new opportunities,” Pollard said in a statement. “My time at Project was profoundly inspiring; I am truly proud to have led a dedicated team that shared my vision to support and foster the international fashion community. While this departure is certainly bittersweet, I am deeply grateful for the experience I have had at Project and am looking forward to exploring new horizons within our wonderful industry.”
Pollard was hired by Project in May 2010. Before joining the trade show, he led his own marketing and branding agency, ICONYC. Pollard was a VP at Sixty USA and Diesel before co-founding the luxury lingerie brand Kiki De Montparnasse in February 2005.
Under Pollard, Projectre-launched its New York show in January 2011 after bowing out for the previous season. Pollard also oversaw the launch of Project Wooster at Project Las Vegas, a special section of brands curated by Nickelson Wooster.
Project is a division of Advanstar, which also owns MAGIC. Project was launched in 2003 by Atrium owner Sam Ben-Avraham; he has since left the trade show.