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Board of Directors

The NABA Board of Directors meets several times per year and provides an opportunity for direct dialogue and action on critical issues facing the broadcast community in North America.

Each Full member of NABA is represented on the Board of Directors, and there is a representative on the Board acting on behalf of NABA's Associate members.


PRESIDENT

Richard Friedel
Executive Vice-President and General Manager
Fox Networks Engineering & Operations

Richard Friedel oversees long-term technology strategy and day-to-day operations for the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles and the Fox Houston Technical Operations Center, home of Fox Sports' regional networks, and provides technical support for 14 regional production centers. Before joining FOX, Friedel served in various positions at Capital Cities/ABC, NBC News and local television stations. He is the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Chairman for 2016 and he serves as President of the Video Services Forum. He is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a member of the Audio Engineering Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Broadcast Engineers and Society of Cable Television Engineers.. Friedel was honored by the National Association of Broadcasters with the 2015 NAB Engineering Achievement Award, bestowed to individuals nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering. Richard Friedel is serving as President of NABA.


VICE-PRESIDENTS

John C. Lee
Consultant
Fox Networks

John Lee has retired from CBC/Radio-Canada, where he was responsible for all DTV and Radio transmission facilities, all satellite stations and facilities, capital projects and revenue generation. He was also responsible for all telecommunications and networking services, mobility, telephony, unified communications and new broadcast technologies. He also oversaw the network's core Information Technology activities, including IT data centers, end-user computers, applications, capital projects, security and governance. He and his project team won the Canadian 2001 Gemini Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, for the National Satellite DVC Project and subsequently the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) International Broadcasting Excellence Award in 2002. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, with a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec, SMPTE and is currently serving as Vice-President of NABA's Board of Directors and Chair of their Technical Committee. He is a consultant for Fox Networks.

Sergio Sarmiento
Vice-President, Editorial Committee and Editor-in-Chief
TV Azteca

Sergio Sarmiento is a Mexican journalist. His interview show, "La Entrevista con Sarmiento", has been broadcast on TV Azteca since 1997. He is also the anchor of "Quinto Poder" and "13 en Libertad," two investigative reporting programs. Sarmiento is the anchor of a daily news radio show, La Red de Radio Red. His daily newspaper column is published in 22 Mexican newspapers, including Reforma. The French government made him chevalier of the order of arts and letters and the Spanish government granted him the order of Isabel la Católica. Mexico's Chamber of the Industry of Radio and Television (CIRT) honored him with the Antena life-time achievement award. Sergio Sarmiento is currently serving as Vice-President of NABA.


BOARD MEMBERS

Borika Vucinic
Vice-President, Media Network
Bell Media

Borika Vucinic oversees engineering support and operations for Bell Media broadcast sites in Montréal and Toronto, and project engineering and network support for television and radio stations across Canada. In addition, her team leads new product development, cost optimization initiatives, and service availability for all Bell Media radio and television platforms. With more than 20 years of experience with the Network team, Vucinic has earned a reputation as an innovator and team builder. Formerly Director, TV and Radio Engineering, she was instrumental in leading Bell's mobile HSPA+ network launch in 2009, building a top-performing Bell TV Network team, and delivering infrastructure advances to support the Fibe TV app and Satellite TV video on demand. Vucinic was recognized as a pioneer and a voice for women in communications and technology with the 2015 Women in Communication and Technology (WCT), Technology Innovator Award. Vucinic holds an MBA from Herriot Watt University and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Belgrade University. A resident of Toronto, Vucinic continues as a leader and mentor to her staff, and a dedicated wife and mother.

Francois Vaillant
Executive Director, Infrastructure Solutions
CBC/Radio-Canada

François Vaillant is the Executive Director of Engineering Solutions at CBC/Radio-Canada, the largest Canadian Broadcaster providing services in Television, Radio and Web. He ensures consistency of the capital investment. He is responsible for unifying and standardizing the technical architecture and overseeing its implementation. He is also member of the SMPTE Board of Governors.

Robert J. Ross
Senior Vice-President, East Coast Operations
CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

In this post since 1998, Robert Ross oversees all East Coast operations and engineering for the CBS Television Network. Ross has worked in all areas of broadcast, with 19 years at Westinghouse Broadcasting working at stations WBZ-TV, WJZ-TV and KYW-TV. Before the CBS/Westinghouse merger, he was the VP of Engineering for the Group W television stations. Ross was elected into the 2009 class of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and Ross is the past chair of the Toolkit working group of the Media Security and Reliability Council (MSRC) a Federal Communication Commission Advisory Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Ross holds an Advanced Amateur Radio license and has been a contributing author to a national magazine on consumer electronics. He has contributed to the standards process for the Grand Alliance digital television system, and various SMPTE engineering committees.

Philip Goswitz
Senior Vice-President, Space and Communications
DIRECTV

Philip Goswitz is Senior Vice-President in Engineering responsible for broadcast and communications systems engineering for the DIRECTV US and DIRECTV Latin America business units. Specifically responsible for (1) the design of the broadcast architecture for digital video processing and distribution for both satellite and broadband delivered content; (2) the design and operation of the 15 satellites in the DIRECTV satellite fleet; (3) the design of the digital and RF communications hardware. Including the large broadcast uplink antennas systems and small consumer receive antennas, for the distribution of the entertainment content to DIRECTV customers; (4) the use of Design Thinking to drive innovative product and service design through direct work with DIRECTV customers.

Renu Thomas
Executive Vice President, Technology & Operations
Disney | ABC Television Group

In her role, Ms. Thomas works closely with members of DATG's senior leadership team to ensure strategic alignment of the Group's investments, initiatives and business growth objectives, including global expansion, organic growth into new markets and new product/service development/deployment. Thomas was formerly senior vice president, Technology and Operations, Disney|ABC Networks Group where she was responsible for the technical and operational strategic direction and ongoing management of all television functions across US Domestic Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, ABC Family, Disney|ABC Domestic Television (Syndication) and Radio Disney. Thomas joined The Walt Disney Company in 2007 as vice president of Operations for ABC News where she was responsible for setting the overall strategy and leading the operations for studios, control rooms, editing and graphics for all ABC News programs, including "Good Morning America", "World News", "Nightline", "20/20", "This Week" as well as special events. She was involved in a variety of projects to help prepare ABC News for the future, including deploying new technology and improving production and business processes.Prior to joining ABC News, Thomas was the director of production for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions where she oversaw the technical and production management for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and related documentaries. Before joining MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, she served as director of Studio Operations at NBC Universal where she led the management team for the network's news and entertainment studios and control rooms at Rockefeller Center. Thomas graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering. She is involved in alumni activities including the President's Council of Cornell Women and Engineering College Council.


Leonardo Ramos Mateos
Director, High Technology Projects
Grupo Televisa S.A.

Leonardo Ramos is the High Technology Projects Director for Televisa and his responsibility is to evaluate, develop and implement the "state of the art" systems and technology in the transmission and distribution networks of Grupo Televisa. Before working for Televisa Mexico, Mr. Ramos worked for Ericsson & NEC where he developed systems for cellular communication, satellite services, digital video and fiber optics links. In 1990 he enrolled in Televisa and started his participation in the HDTV project "Hi-Vision" which was developed by Televisa and the NHK of Japan. He is a regular member of the Association of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers of the "Advisory Committee for Digital Broadcasting" formed by the Mexican industry and government. Mr. Ramos leads the Digital Television and the new technologies groups of the CIRT (National Chamber of the Industry of Radio and Television) of Mexico where he has occupied several positions in the Board of Directors, committees, and working groups. Since 1997 Mr. Ramos has been involved in the implementation, evaluation, testing and recommendation of the digital television systems available around the world and has been running transmission trials of DTV systems for the ATSC, DVB, and ISDB standards in order to prepare a technical recommendation to the Mexican government in this matter. Mr. Ramos directed the world's first HD production and transmission of a soccer match in January 1998 together with the ATSC. As a result of this effort, in 2004 Mexico started the Analog to Digital transition process where Mr. Ramos has been a very active member of several working groups. Some of the projects which Mr. Ramos participated are; Sky DTH, Paging systems, satellite networks and stations, fiber optics systems, microwave links, interactive TV, mobile television, Second Screen, distribution over universal platforms, and now he is in charge of innovating systems for TV distribution and the development of new business opportunities.

Mr. Ramos served as NABA President between the years of 2008-2012.

Glenn Reitmeier
Senior Vice-President, Advanced Technology
NBCUniversal

Glenn Reitmeier leads NBC Universal's technical efforts related to industry standards, government policy, commercial agreements and advanced engineering. Prior to joining NBC Universal in 2002, Reitmeier spent 25 years in digital video R&D at Sarnoff Laboratories, where he was instrumental in establishing the Component Digital Video standard for television production and the ATSC HDTV standard for television broadcasting. He served three terms as the Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and continues on the board. Reitmeier is the President of the Open Authentication Technology Committee (OATC), a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and is a recipient of the Progress Medal and the Leitch Gold Medal. He is also an inaugural member of the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and the recipient of the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Television Engineering Award for lifetime achievement. He holds over 50 patents in digital video technology and is recognized in the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.

Marty Garrison
Vice-President, Technology Operations and Broadcast Engineering
NPR

Marty Garrison is the Vice-President of Technology Operations, Distribution, and Broadcast Engineering for NPR. As the technology leader, Garrison oversees the Information Services, broadcast engineering, Distribution divisions as well as the Public Radio Satellite System. His primary responsibility is to ensure the integrity of NPR's daily technical operations, including information operations, software development, and telecommunications services; as well as production and distribution operations and systems. Prior to coming to NPR in 2010, Garrison was the vice president of technology and operations at Thomson Reuters. In this position he was responsible for the professional division's global data centers and strategies, server platforms, voice and data networks, database technology, and back office infrastructure. For over 10 years Garrison served as the senior vice president of global technical operations at Turner Broadcasting System where he was responsible for all aspects of the technological infrastructure for TBS, Time Warner Corporate, and CNN. He was instrumental in all broadcast and technology infrastructure for numerous buildings worldwide including the Time Warner Center in New York City. He is the recipient of the 2013 Radioworld Excellence in Engineering award. Garrison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Mario Vecchi
Chief Technology Officer
PBS

As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Mario Vecchi oversees distribution operations and engineering, media management, interconnection engineering, information technology, web and new media applications/systems, as well as technology strategy and planning for PBS. Before PBS, Vecchi made strides at many companies including AOL, Time Warner Cable, Bell Communications Research, and founded Xynertek CA (one of the first worldwide companies to design and manufacture IBM PC compatible microcomputers). With more than 70 publications and technical presentation to his credit, he holds four International and U.S. patents. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Dr. Vecchi holds a PhD, as well as Electrical Engineering and Master of Science degrees from MIT.

Theodore (T.R.) Stoner
Vice-President, Distribution Technology Strategy
Univision Communications Inc.

Theodore Stoner is Vice-President of Distribution and Technology Strategy for Univision Communications Inc, the leading media company serving Hispanic America. In this role, he manages spectrum resources and terrestrial broadcast technology development, and is responsible for the RF systems engineering of Univision's 59 television and 67 radio stations. Prior to joining Univision, Stoner held multiple positions in the wireless telecommunications industry at Cincinnati Bell and Motorola. At Cincinnati Bell he led engineering and operations for the company's regional wireless network, including the build and deployment of the companies GSM, WCDMA, HSPA+ networks, and an extensive trial of LTE and MIMO technologies. Stoner is a published researcher on the field of wireless network optimization and holds BEE and MSEE degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Dayton and Purdue University respectively. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and an IEEE Wireless Communications Professional.

Michael McEwen
Director-General (ex officio)
NABA

Michael McEwen is Director-General of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and was former Secretary-General of the organization from 2001 to 2005. From 2006 to 2012 Mr. McEwen was a consultant advising on Media; Strategy, Policy and Broadcast Digital Technologies. McEwen is a former Chairman and Director of the UK based Media Asset Capital ltd. He is past President of Canadian Digital Television (CDTV) and past President of the World Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) Forum. In addition, McEwen spent over 27 years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC/Radio-Canada) including production and executive management roles.

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