SMPTE has announced its executive director Barbara Lange is to step down at the end of 2021.
Lange, who has been in the role for 12 years, will step down at the end of her contract.
During her time in charge of the organisation she has overseen the publication of more than 200 engineering documents including standards such as SMPTE ST 2110, SMPTE ST 2067 (IMF), and SMPTE ST 2084 (HDR).
“Of all that SMPTE has achieved during my tenure, I’m most proud of how we’ve transformed the Society into a modern organisation that remains very relevant 105 years after its founding,” said Lange. “I’ve had the honour of working with so many impressive people to help SMPTE thrive and continue to play a vital role in supporting the media industry. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the home office staff and SMPTE volunteers, the Society today stands ready for any future challenge.”
SMPTE said Lange will be involved in the transition to her successor.
“For us it is important that the new leader understand non-profit organisations and the digital transformation of our industry, and that they can work with the SMPTE home office to build on their many achievements,” said SMPTE president Hans Hoffmann.
“We look forward to a leader who will embrace the Society’s commitment to being a diverse and inclusive society, and who can further transform SMPTE to generate value for our global membership and foster ongoing growth. As the media industry is in an unprecedented and constant evolution, this work will be both challenging and rewarding.”