SMPTE hires two new directors

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has hired two new staff members for key leadership positions. Peter Symes will join the society as director of standards and engineering at the end of June. Heather Tomko recently joined as director of marketing.

Peter Symes has nearly 40 years experience in broadcast television. In his new position, he will be the liaison among many groups on a range of technology topics, with emphasis on issues related to industry standards and patents.

He has been a member of the SMPTE for some 30 years and is a Fellow of the society. During these years, he has chaired numerous committees, founded the Sacramento Section, served on the Board of Governors, and as engineering director of television, VP of engineering and VP of finances.

Heather Tomko comes to SMPTE with a creative and marketing background, having recently served as the director of creative services for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE).

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