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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

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

In this post since 1998, Robert oversees all East Coast operations and engineering for the CBS Television Network. Robert has worked for 37 years in all areas of broadcast engineering, 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. Robert was elected into the 2009 class of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Robert 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. Robert 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. Robert Ross is the current President of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA).


VICE-PRESIDENTS

John C. Lee
Executive Director, Media and Enterprise Technology Services
CBC/Radio-Canada

John Lee is responsible for all of CBC/Radio-Canada's DTV and Radio transmission facilities, all satellite stations and facilities, capital projects and revenue generation. He is also responsible for all telecommunications and networking services, mobility, telephony, unified communications and new broadcast technologies. On an interim basis, he is also overseeing 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 and Chair of their Technical Committee.

Richard Friedel
Executive Vice-President & General Manager
Fox Entertainment Group, Inc.

Richard Friedel oversees FOX Networks Engineering & Operations, the News Corporation unit responsible for engineering, operations and technology supporting FOX's national and regional television businesses. He manages the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, which provides facilities and technical services for FOX Broadcasting Co., FOX Sports, FOX Cable Networks Group, Fox International Channels including MundoFox and the Twentieth Television syndication division. In addition, Richard is in charge of the Fox Network Center-Houston, home of FOX Sports´┐Ż regional networks, as well as providing technical support for their regional production centers.Richard Friedel is currently serving as Vice-President of NABA.


BOARD MEMBERS

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.

Vince Roberts
Executive Vice-President, Global Operations & CTO
Disney | ABC Television Group

Vince Roberts is Executive Vice-President, Global Operations and Chief Technology Officer, Disney/ABC Television Group. In this role, Mr. Roberts develops and implements operational and technological strategies and solutions to support groups across the Disney/ABC Television Group. Additionally, he is responsible for assessing new and emerging business technologies for divisions within the Group. Mr. Roberts is a Member of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE) and a Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is also on the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC @ USC).


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.

Craig Cuttner
Senior Vice-President, Advanced Technology
HBO

Craig Cuttner is senior vice president, Advanced Technology, for Home Box Office, responsible for all projects related to advanced technology architecture in the Technology Operations area. He oversees the planning of distribution technology architecture used to serve HBO's core and new business platforms, and the establishment of technical standards for new technologies of interest to the company. He was named to this position in November 2003. Previously, he was vice president, Technology. Cuttner joined HBO in 1982 as a system engineer. Cuttner has been active in HDTV since the late 1980s, contributing to many aspects of HDTV industry-wide. He has also been involved in strategic work since the mid 1990's on video on demand. He was named a Fellow in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in 2000, is a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Engineering Committee and is chair of SCTE Digital Video Subcommittee Working Group 1 on Encoding and also the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Technical Emmy Committee. Cuttner has over one dozen patents and patents pending. Cuttner holds a BS degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech.

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, Glenn 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 currently serves the industry as the Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), the Vice-President of the Open Authentication Technology Committee (OATC) and a Board member of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA). Glenn is 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´┐Ż (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. Garrison is the recipient of the 2013 Radioworld Excellence in Engineering award and is a current Board Member of the North American Broadcasters Association. Garrison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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. Sergio 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 Cat´┐Żlica. Mexico's Chamber of the Industry of Radio and Television (CIRT) honored him with the Antena life-time achievement award.

Ira Goldstone
Vice-President, Engineering,
Univision

Ira Goldstone has spent over 43 years in the television industry holding positions ranging from broadcast maintenance engineer to senior engineering management. As VP of Engineering at both Tribune Broadcasting and subsequently Univision Television Group, Ira focused on developing strong engineering teams pioneering in the development of file based workflows supporting content sharing and multi-purposing across the organization. This included centralized content ingest, prep and distribution of the ingested content along with centralized Master Control operations. The primary objective of these solutions was aimed towards evolving the operations to enhance on-air quality and efficiently. Currently Ira serves on the boards of ATSC as well as NABA and is also a member of the NAB Engineering Committee representing Univision Communications. He is a Fellow of SMPTE and a member of SBE and STE. Additionally Ira serves on the President's Advisory board for the development of the Emerson College West Coast Campus.

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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