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SMPTE Elects Officers and Governors for 2017 and 2018; Matthew Goldman of Ericsson to Serve as New President

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has elected new officers and governors for the 2017-2018 term. Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media at Ericsson, will take office as the new SMPTE president on Jan. 1.

“Matthew has held a variety of key SMPTE roles that have furthered the Society’s mission, and I am confident that as the new president he will build on Bob Seidel’s excellent work,” said SMPTE past president Wendy Aylsworth, referring to outgoing SMPTE president Robert Seidel, VP of engineering and advanced technology at CBS.

“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,” Aylsworth added. “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.”

SMPTE’s standards work has supported technological advances in entertainment technology for a century.

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Goldman, a SMPTE Fellow who has previously held SMPTE board roles including executive VP, finance VP, and eastern region governor, will serve a two-year term as SMPTE president. Seidel will continue to serve on the SMPTE board of governors as the society’s past president.

“The influx of IP into broadcasting, the embrace of software-defined networking and processing, and the rise of a fully connected world are just a few examples of the extraordinary evolution taking place across the media and entertainment industry,” said Goldman. “SMPTE has been working diligently to address the industry’s growth and to provide standards and education programs that are relevant — in concept and practice — to the current and future work of its engineers, creatives, and other professionals.”

Other incoming SMPTE officers elected for the two-year 2017-2018 term include Patrick Griffis, VP of technology at Dolby Laboratories and SMPTE education VP, who will serve as executive VP; Richard Welsh, CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit and a former SMPTE governor, who has been newly elected by the membership to serve as education VP; and Peter Wharton, VP technology and business development at BroadStream Solutions, who will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer.

Ten Governors, two of whom 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.

Here are the newly elected governors for the 2017 – 2018 Term:

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, VP 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, VP 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 Corp., 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 VP Alan Lambshead, retired from Evertz; finance VP Paul Michael Stechly of Applied Electronics; and membership VP William C. Miller of Miltag Media Technology.

Governors who were not up for re-election and who continue on the SMPTE board of governors include Dan Burnett of Ericsson (Southern region); Randy Conrod of Imagine Communications (Canadian region); Bruce Devlin of Dalet (U.K. region); John Ferder of CBS (New York region); Siegfried Foessel of Fraunhofer (EMEA and Central and South America region); Patricia Keighley of IMAX (Hollywood region); John Luff of HD Consulting (eastern region); John Maizels of Entropy Enterprises and Productions (Asia-Pacific region); and Mark Narveson of Artegis Law Group (western tegion).

Newly elected officers and governors will be introduced to the SMPTE membership at the Society’s annual general membership meeting at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles, on Oct. 25, in conjunction with the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2016).

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