Promax/BDA Places CEO Chabin on Indefinite Leave

Feb 1, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Jim Chabin, president and CEO of allied media-marketing organizations Promax and the Broadcast Designers Association, has been placed on an indefinite leave of absence after an internal inquiry, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The longtime executive for Promax/BDA will immediately vacate his position and it is unknown whether he will return, according to sources within the board of directors, which met this week to discuss Mr. Chabin’s future at the organization.

Board members decided that the best option for Promax/BDA would be for Mr. Chabin to leave immediately after questions over the organization’s financial direction arose, the two people familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Chabin, who has served as the group’s president for four years, didn’t respond to two calls seeking comment. A spokesperson for Promax/BDA could not be reached for comment.

The association of entertainment marketers, promoters and designers represents more than 500 television stations and all major broadcast and cable networks from the U.S.

The decision to place Mr. Chabin on leave could abruptly end his second term leading the group. He previously served as its president and CEO from 1992 to 1999.

Mr. Chabin’s 30-year broadcasting career has included positions at the CBS Television Stations marketing department and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. He has also served as vice president of national promotions for E! Entertainment Television and has held additional management responsibilities at radio stations in the San Francisco Bay area. Mr. Chabin is also an associate board member of the International Emmy Council, and a former officer of the California Broadcasters Association.

(Editor: Baumann)