SMPTE Names Maki Executive Director

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry, announced that the organization has hired Kimberly Maki to serve as its new executive director.

Maki comes to SMPTE as its chief staff executive from the 15,000-member Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), where she served as vice president, marketing, membership and business development. Since joining SCTE in 2003, Maki’s responsibilities increasingly grew from marketing and communications to also encompass core association management areas including membership acquisition, retention, and services; new business development; industry relations; and sponsorships.

Maki will join SMPTE on Monday, Oct. 16 just in time for the start of SMPTE’s 148th Technical Conference and Exhibition and the celebration of SMPTE’s 90th Anniversary in Hollywood, CA.

As part of her role and responsibilities as executive director at SMPTE, Maki will also serve on the Partnership Board of the IBC. Just last month, IBC reported a record-breaking attendance number of 45,000 people, coming from more than 130 countries.

“We are delighted to welcome to the SMPTE the family such a talented, experienced, and effective leader,” said Ed Hobson, president of the SMPTE Board of Directors. “Kimberly will bring to us the same boundless energy and enthusiasm for achievement that she has displayed throughout her business career, and that means SMPTE and the esteemed members it serves can anticipate making very positive strides together in the months and years ahead.”

Maki earned a bachelor of science in public administration from Northern Michigan University. She also completed Harvard University’s Graduate Institute on Media Education. Prior to SCTE, Maki served as vice president, public affairs for one of Time Warner Cable’s largest divisions in Houston, TX.