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NAB CEO Rehr Leaving; McGregor to Be Interim Boss

May 6, 2009  •  Post A Comment

David Rehr is resigning as president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, the organization announced today.
Mr. Rehr will continue on in his current role during a transition period. Janet McGregor, chief operating and financial officer, will work with Mr. Rehr and assume day-to-day duties until a successor is named, the organization said.
Mr. Rehr is stepping down to pursue other interests, NAB said. The earliest a successor could be announced is by mid-June.
“I have enjoyed leading America’s broadcasters through this time of change and challenge,” Mr. Rehr said in a statement. “Our efforts to educate America about the digital television transition have been enormously successful, and our effort to reinvigorate radio through the Radio Heard Here campaign is positioning radio broadcasters well for the future.”
“David made a significant contribution and has been extremely dedicated to making NAB a stronger organization,” NAB Joint Board Chairman Jack Sander said in a statement. “On behalf of the board of directors and our member stations, we thank him for his leadership and wish him well in the future.”
Mr. Rehr joined NAB in 2008, having previously been president-CEO of the Lockheed Martin Investment Management Co.
(12:50 p.m.: Added third paragraph)

18 Comments

  1. Well guess he’d rather go back to selling flat-tasting American Beer as that was his background.
    I’m all for bringing in “new blood” to the NAB but at the very least it should be someone who has a really good grasp of broadcasting and the challenges it faces today. NAB is going to lose its panache’ if it continues as it has in recent years.
    Wake up NAB!!

  2. The TV execs and oldline TV industry lobbyists behind the scenes at NAB couldn’t accept change — of their industries, or the new guy in charge. While their business model is deteriorating, Rehr strikes a deal with Dell Computers to make every laptop a digital television, and works to make every cell phone an FM radio. And they pay him back like this? Very sad.

  3. Not to mention that he basically put XM-Sirius in bankruptcy. They are no longer a threat to free radio like they once were and that’s basically due to Rehr’s lobbying. The industry now just doesn’t get the new Washington. David Rehr was changing NAB for the better and making it more relevant in today’s economy. Huge loss for the org.

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