SMPTE has announced David Grindle will succeed Barbara Lange as the organisation’s executive director.
Grindle joins SMPTE following a 12-year tenure as executive director of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, an association dedicated to performing arts and entertainment professionals.
“David encompasses for SMPTE the leadership attributes we need to move the global organisation into its second century with long-term, sustainable programs,” said SMPTE President Hans Hoffmann.
“He has broad experience in nonprofit organisations and working with board structures like we have, and I look forward to developing — together with the board and him and the home office staff — the strategies for the future growth of the Society.”
Speaking about his new role, Grindle said: “I am honoured and excited to be appointed SMPTE’s next executive director.
“Building on the storied history of the Society and working with the members and staff, I am confident that we can position SMPTE for current and future service to a rapidly developing industry. The opportunities to connect people in the global media community are boundless, and one of my goals as executive director is to help SMPTE become the bridge that connects people to this industry and the industry to its own future,” he added.
“There is so much positive energy and momentum here already, and I look forward to meeting our members and hearing what they need and want so that we can work to continue delivering relevant and meaningful services for SMPTE members at all stages in their career path.”
Barbara Lange stepped down as executive director at the beginning of 2022.