|[December 13, 2013]
Mario Vecchi Appointed PBS' Chief Technology Officer
ARLINGTON, Va. --(Business Wire)--
Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, today announced that following a
nationwide search, Dr. Mario Vecchi has been named PBS Chief Technology
Officer. Dr. Vecchi will report directly to PBS Chief Operating Officer
Michael Jones and serve as a member of PBS' senior leadership team. A
world-class technologist with a successful track record of innovation,
integration and building reliable systems across many different media
platforms, Dr. Vecchi holds a PhD, as well as Electrical Engineering and
Master of Science degrees from MIT (News - Alert), and has successfully led many
ground-breaking technology projects across the globe. His tenure will
begin on January 27, 2014.
"As America's largest public service media enterprise and a national
membership organization for independent public television stations
around the country, it is critically important that PBS technology teams
achieve the highest level of member station satisfaction, while
fostering innovation, cost effectiveness and accountability," said Ms.
Kerger. "Dr. Vecchi brings a wealth of skill and experience to the role
of leading an organization of talented and dedicated individuals in
order to maximize PBS' technology systems by ensuring reliability and
responding strategically to the rapidly changing and increasingly
complex media landscape."
"PBS is a leading organization in the media world. It has made pivotal
contributions over the years, including technology," said Dr. Vecchi.
"The rapidly changing landscape of both consumer habits and technology
create great opportunities to innovate. I am honored to be able to work
with Paula and Michael in leading a first-class technology team towards
an exciting and productive future for PBS."
In his new role, Dr. Vecchi will oversee 120 full-time staff members in
distribution operations and engineering, media management,
interconnection engineering, information technology, web and new media
applications/systems, as well as technology strategy and planning. Dr.
Vecchi will ensure that daily operational requirements are fulfilled and
that the build out and delivery of the public television interconnection
system currently in development meets local stations' needs and is
innovative, industry leading and efficient. He will also collaborate
with PBS Digital to guarantee that PBS' enterprise-wide technology
platforms support mobile TV, the Web and digital platforms.
Dr. Vecchi is currently President of P&A Development, Inc., a
development and consulting firm for new products and new businesses.
From 2007-2011, he served as President of Apex (News - Alert) Technologies, a company
he created within the Grupo Ferre Rangel consortium that integrated IT
operations andproduct development. GFR, a family-owned media,
marketing, printing and real estate conglomerate, is the largest
communications and media group in Puerto Rico.
Prior to GFR, Dr. Vecchi spent nearly a decade at AOL (News - Alert), ultimately
earning the title of Senior Vice President, AOL Global Technologies, a
position he held from 2003-2007. He was Senior Vice President, AOL
Services Development from 2001-2003 and Vice President, AOL Consumer
Electronics/Broadband Development from 1998-2001.
During his tenure at Time Warner (News - Alert) Cable, Dr. Vecchi co-founded Road
Runner, the company's pioneering cable modem online service, as Senior
Vice President/Chief Technical Officer, Road Runner Group, from
1994-1998. He began his work at Time Warner in 1994 as Vice President,
Network Engineering. Earlier in his career, Dr. Vecchi served as
Director, Applied Research at Bell Communications Research, Founder of
Xynertek CA, one of the first worldwide companies to design and
manufacture IBM (News - Alert) PC compatible microcomputers, and Head of the
Semiconductors Laboratory at the Instituto Venezolano de
Investigaciones Cientificas, and as Chairman of the Electrical
Engineering Department at the Universidad Metropolitana in
Caracas. He was also the co-inventor of the simulated annealing
algorithm at the IBM Watson Research Center.
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).
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