PBS Names Vecchi Chief Technology Officer
ARLINGTON, VA.— PBS President/CEO Paula Kerger has announced the appointment of Mario Vecchi as the network's new chief technology officer.
report directly to PBS Chief Operating Officer Michael Jones and serve as a
member of PBS’ senior leadership team. Effective Jan. 27, 2014, he replaces John
McCoskey, PBS’s head of technology for six years, who has accepted a position
as executive vice president and chief technology officer at the Motion Picture
Association of America.
In his new role,
Vecchi will oversee 120 full-time staff members in distribution operations and
engineering, media management, interconnection engineering, information
technology, Web and new media applications/systems, as well as technology
strategy and planning.
currently president of P&A Development, Inc., a development and consulting
firm for new products and new businesses. From 2007-2011, he served as president
of Apex Technologies, a company he created within the Grupo Ferre Rangel
consortium that integrated IT operations and product development.
Prior to GFR,
Vecchi served as senior vice president of AOL Global Technologies, senior vice president
of AOL Services Development and vice president of AOL Consumer Electronics/Broadband
tenure at Time Warner Cable, Vecchi co-founded Road Runner, the company’s
pioneering cable modem online service, as senior vice president/chief technical
officer, Road Runner Group. He began his work at Time Warner as vice president
of network engineering.
Earlier in his
career, Vecchi served as director of applied research at Bell Communications
Research, founder of Xynertek CA,and head of the semiconductors laboratory at
the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas and as chairman of the
Electrical Engineering Department at the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas.
He was also the co-inventor of the simulated annealing algorithm at the IBM
Watson Research Center.
Vecchi is a
senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a
member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.