Andrew Pollard, who has served as president of the Project trade show since June 2010, has exited from the show, he announced yesterday.

“After two incredible years leading the team at Project, I have decided to step down as president in order to pursue new opportunities,” he said. “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.”

He added in a published open letter entitled “Project Complete” on his Tumblr page : “It’s been two incredible years, steering Project out of stormy waters and into calmer seas, but now it’s come to an end. I officially stepped down from my position as president this week after much thought and contemplation. There are many reasons why I have come to this decision but it really doesn’t matter, because for me it’s time to step away from one great experience and into creating another.”

Pollard did not specify what new job he would be undertaking post-Project but did note “I move into a new chapter in my life” and “I am looking forward to creating and collaborating together on new and exciting projects with many of you in the near future.”

Pollard, whose resume includes stints at Diesel and Sixty SpA, took over leadership Project in June 2010. Project’s founder and adviser, Sam-Ben Avraham, personally handpicked him as his successor. 

During his presidency, Pollard breathed new life into the show, which is held twice a year in Las Vegas and New York. His stamp was seen on a new show layout and overall aesthetic, a complete revamp of the New York version and new special areas such as The Wooster Project, curated by menswear expert Nick Wooster.

Trade show giant Advanstar, which has owned the Project show since August 2005, has not yet announced Pollard’s replacement.

The next editions of Project are scheduled for July 22-24, 2012 in New York and August 20-22, 2012 in Las Vegas.