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NAB CEO Gordon Smith Announces Plans to Step Aside

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Broadcaster Trade Group COO Curtis Leggett will take over as president and CEO in 2022. Gordon Smith, president, and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters will step down from the role at the end of the year, he announced on Wednesday. Curtis Leggitt, currently COO of the Broadcaster Trade Organization, will t ake over as president and CEO in January 2022.

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At the time, Smith – a former Republican US senator from Oregon who joined NAB as CEO in 2009 – would transition with the group to a “mentor and advocate” role.

Jordan Vertlib (who is also the president of Hurst Television), chairman of the NAB’s board of directors, says Smith will play his advisory role through 2024, and will also lobby on behalf of broadcasters.

“It has been a great honor for the broadcasters to give the lion’s roar – those who run in the storm, who stand firmly in the chaos to hear the voices of the people, who keep powerful in mind – and with them, The fourth property stands for the hearts of public employees, Smith said in a video message to NAB members on Wednesday.

“To represent the broadcasting industry and local stations that bind our communities together in a moment of such tremendous change in the media landscape is a privilege,” LeGeyt said in a video statement. Has been more important, and I look forward to working every day so that their potential will grow and thrive.

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