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SMPTE Elects Officers & Governors for 2017–2018

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SMPTE has announced the election of new officers and governors for the 2017–2018 term. In addition, Matthew Goldman, Senior vice president of Technology, TV and Media at Ericsson, will become the new SMPTE president on 1 January, 2017.

Goldman is a SMPTE Fellow who has previously held SMPTE board roles including executive vice president, finance vice president, and Eastern Region Governor. He will serve a two-year term as SMPTE president, succeeding outgoing president Robert Seidel.

Wendy Aylsworth, SMPTE Past Present, said: "Matthew has held a variety of key SMPTE roles that have furthered the Society's mission, and I am confident that as the new SMPTE President, he will build on Bob Seidel's excellent work. Matthew and Bob are among the many SMPTE Members who have worked to bolster the Society's growth leading into and during our Centennial celebrations. The officers and governors elected for the 2017-2018 term – and those who continue in their existing roles – are a broad and strong group who bring extraordinary leadership to SMPTE as we enter our second century of ensuring interoperability across the media ecosystem and, in turn, facilitating the ongoing growth of our industry."

Other incoming SMPTE officers elected for the two-year 2017–2018 term include Patrick Griffis, vice president of Technology at Dolby Laboratories and SMPTE Education vice president, who will serve as Executive vice president; Richard Welsh, CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit and a former SMPTE Governor, who has been newly elected by the membership to serve as Education vice president; and Peter Wharton, vice president of Technology and Business Development at BroadStream Solutions Inc., who will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer.

A total of 10 Governors, two of which are incumbents, were elected to serve in SMPTE Regions around the world. The re-elected Governors include Andrew G. Setos, CEO of Blackstar Engineering, who will continue to serve as a Governor for the Hollywood Region; and Douglas I. Sheer, CEO and chief analyst at DIS Consulting Corporation, who will again serve as a Governor of the New York Region.

The newly-elected Governors for the 2017 – 2018 Term are:

• François Abbe; president and founder of Mesclado, will serve as a Governor for SMPTE's Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America Regions
• Brian Claypool; vice president of business development at Barco, will serve as a Central Region Governor
• Christopher Fetner; director of engineering and partnerships at Netflix, who has previously served as Governor-at-Large, will now serve as a Hollywood Region Governor
• George Hoover; chief technology officer at NEP Group, will serve as an Eastern Region Governor
• Michal Koetter; vice president of digital media systems at Turner Broadcasting, will serve as a Southern Region Governor
• Gary Mandle; senior product manager for Sony North America, will serve as a Western Region Governor
• Masayuki Sugawara; executive engineer at NEC Corporation, will serve as an Asia-Pacific Region Governor
• François Vaillant; executive director of engineering and infrastructure at CBC/Radio-Canada, will serve as a Canadian Region Governor.

Officers who were not up for re-election and who continue to serve on the SMPTE Board of Governors Executive Committee include SMPTE Standards Vice President Alan Lambshead; Finance vice president Paul Michael Stechly; and Membership vice president William C. Miller.

Governors who were not up for re-election and who continue on the SMPTE Board of Governors include Dan Burnett (Southern Region); Randy Conrod (Canadian Region); Bruce Devlin (UK Region); John Ferder (New York Region); Siegfried Foessel (EMEA and Central and South America Region); Patricia Keighley (Hollywood Region); John Luff (Eastern Region); John Maizels (Asia-Pacific Region); and Mark Narveson (Western Region).

Newly elected officers and governors will be introduced to the SMPTE membership at the Society's Annual General Membership Meeting, which takes place in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, 25 October, in conjunction with the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2016).

Image: Wendy Aylsworth.

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