Laura Barber-Miller, vice president of Worldwide Communications for the Thomson systems division has been named one as one of The Portland Business Journal's 2008 Women in Business award winners. Barber-Miller was cited for her "rising stature in the Portland area as a leader among women in business and industry," according to her colleagues at Thomson.
She is responsible for the global marketing and communications for the $3.8 billion division, which provides video acquisition, production, post-production, and distribution equipment to the professoinal A/V industry. Barber-Miller leads an international team of more than 26 employees and contractors.
The Journal award is the latest in a series for Barber-Miller. She was named one of the 100 “Most Powerful Women” by the Northwest Women’s Journal in 2007. She was also included among “The Next Wave” of the most influential women in media and industry by Broadcasting & Cable magazine in 2004.
Barber-Miller received the publication’s Orchid award at a sold-out gala ceremony Thursday, April 24 at the Portland Convention Center.
She graduated from Oregon State University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in technical journalism. She has spent her career in Portland’s Silicon Forest, holding a variety of marketing-communications roles at Floating Point Data Systems, KVO Advertising & Public Relations, Mentor Graphics, and the Tektronix Video & Networking Division.
In 1999, she joined the executive team that helped spin off the Tektronix division to private investors who renamed it the Grass Valley Group. She oversaw the company’s worldwide marketing and communications and was instrumental in helping it secure additional venture-capital financing. Thomson bought the Grass Valley Group in 2002.
Although she seems to work all the time, Barber-Miller, stays focused on her family, which includes husband David and daughter Sophia. Her hobbies include hiking, running, biking, and gardening.
Television Broadcast extends its hearty congratulations.