Andre V. Mendes has been named Director of Engineering and Technical Services for the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), effective December 21, 2009. The IBB provides engineering support for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which encompasses the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN), and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB).
Mendes is responsible for overseeing the management of the Agency's complex network of engineering and technical systems used to distribute programming worldwide over radio, television, the Internet and new media. Mendes will lead the development and enhancement of delivery strategies for BBG transmitting stations, digital satellite systems, and information technology functions, to meet the fast-changing needs of BBG?s global audience.
Mendes most recently served as senior vice president, strategic planning and global CIO, for Special Olympics International, managing the organization's global technology infrastructure, the development of the 2011-2015 Special Olympics Strategic Plan and administering the Christmas Record Trust Fund.
Previously he served as Chief Technology Integration Officer for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where he was responsible for both Information Technology and Broadcast Engineering during the Service's $1.8 billion transition to digital television and managed PBS' migration from a legacy tape-based environment to a ground breaking, entirely file-driven content workflow. Earlier in his career, Mendes was a technology and business-development executive for several start-up companies in the health-care and bio-technology arenas.
As a globally recognized thought leader in the convergence of media and information technology, Mendes has received numerous industry awards for his work, including one of the 2008 MIT Awards for IT Innovation. Mendes holds a degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College. Under the supervision of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) provides the administrative and engineering support for U.S. government-funded civilian international broadcasting.
(BBG Press Release)