David Rehr is stepping down after four years as president of the National Assn. of Broadcasters.
Janet McGregor, NAB chief operating and financial officer, will take over day-to-day running of the lobbying org until a successor for Rehr is named.
“I have enjoyed leading America’s broadcasters through this time of change and challenge,” Rehr said in a statement.
Rehr, a former lobbyist for the beer biz, was hired in 2005 on the strength of his background as a well-connected Republican and a good fund-raiser, but he has conceded he made some missteps in connecting with Capitol Hill, a criticism that was echoed by some lobbyists and board members.
Recent NAB defeats include its failed attempt to block the XM-Sirius merger.
Rehr also was said to have lost an opportunity to take ownership of the industry digital TV transition call center operation after a meeting with Obama transition team staffers, who pushed for more industry participation. The cable industry volunteered for that role.
A search committee has been formed to find a candidate.
(John Eggerton writes for Broadcasting & Cable, Variety’s sister publication.)