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NAB’s Gordon Smith to step down

Smith will step down at the end of 2021 after 12 years with NAB

NAB’s CEO Gordon Smith is to step down from the role.

Smith is will leave his role on 31st of December, his current contract runs until March 2023. Curtis LeGeyt, NAB’s chief operating officer, will take over as CEO and president on 1st January 2022.

In a video message to NAB members, Smith said: “It has been my great honour to give the lion’s roar for broadcasters – those who run into the storm, those who stand firm in chaos to hear the voice of the people, those who hold to account the powerful – and to stand with those of the fourth estate who have the hearts of public servants.”

NAB joint board of directors chairman Jordan Wertlieb, president of Hearst Television, thanked Smith for his service to the industry. “Gordon is the ultimate statesman, bringing people together from both sides of the aisle to discuss ideas, find common ground and lead NAB to success on countless fronts,” said Wertlieb. “On behalf of the leadership of NAB, we extend our sincere gratitude for more than a decade of service to the broadcast industry. We look forward to continuing to work with Gordon and benefiting from his guidance for years to come.”

Video messages from both Smith and Wertlieb can be found here.

Smith suffered a stroke in August of last year, but went on to make a full recovery. This year’s NAB Show takes place from 9th-13th October.