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SMPTE announces new UK and Europe governors, Richard Welsh elected executive vice president

All will serve two-year terms alongside new SMPTE president Renard T Jenkins

Chris Johns from Sky UK and consultant Fernando Bittencourt have been appointed as SMPTE governors for the UK and Europe respectively.

Both of their terms will begin on 1st January 2023 and run until the end of 2024.

Meanwhile, Deluxe Media’s Richard Welsh has been appointed executive vice president. He will serve alongside new SMPTE president Renard T Jenkins of Warner Bros Discovery. Both will serve two-year terms.

“I am honoured to be elected as the next SMPTE president,” said Jenkins, who will be the first African American to serve in the SMPTE president role.

“As we focus on cutting-edge technology, innovative tools, and diverse perspectives and ideas, we will create a forward-leaning organisation to increase participation and our influence throughout the media and entertainment space.”

SMPTE executive director David Grindle added: “We have work to do as a Society and as an industry, and the SMPTE leadership team is up to the challenge.

“The dedication, energy, and intelligence of this group reflect the interest and passion of the larger SMPTE membership, and I am excited about the work we’ll do together as we continue to move the Society forward.”