Industry veteran brings practical experience from both broadcasting and vendors
IABM, the international trade and business association for broadcast and media technology with 450 members worldwide, has appointed Jerry Gepner as its new CEO. He replaces Peter White, who in almost 14 years at the head of the organisation presided over a period of strong growth in difficult times. He continues to work with IABM on consultancy projects.
Gepner, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, has had a long and very successful career in the media industry. Early on he was a dynamic leader in sports television, working for CBS Sports and as one of the original executives at Fox Sports. He was co-founder and COO of Sportvision, the first company to develop and deploy realtime augmented reality graphics in American football, NASCAR and other sports. More recently he served as Group CTO then divisional CEO at Vitec Group (now Videndum). Gepner joins IABM from CP Communications, a leader in wireless audio, video and IP production solutions, where he was COO.
“We are thrilled to appoint someone who will advance the organisation’s efforts across the board,” said Josh Arensberg, chair of the IABM Board of Directors. “Jerry Gepner is a very exciting appointment. He has 20 years of C-level business experience, and at the same time he has won five Sports Emmy Awards and has been inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He has been both a buyer and a seller, giving him great perspective.
“This is the kind of experience in breadth and depth we need,” Arensberg added. “We are confident he is going to drive the IABM forward as a powerful advocate for our industry, reinforcing the IABM as the single authoritative voice for all suppliers of media technology.”
Jerry Gepner added “I am very excited by this opportunity. Of course I have been very aware of the value of the IABM, and I look forward to being able to contribute to its continuing success. Trade bodies only have value if they give their members more influence, more understanding and more reach. I look forward to sustaining these as I get to know every member company in the near future.”
Lucinda Meek, IABM Chief Finance and Operations Officer, said “IABM has grown to be an internationally recognised and respected organisation. The appointment of Jerry Gepner underlines our global presence, and the whole team is looking forward to new challenges as we go ever further in representing the interests of the technology sector.”
Gepner will be introduced as the new CEO at IBC2023, and will take up his new role in October. He is based in Philadelphia in the USA, which means he is ideally placed to work with member companies in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
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IABM is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, training, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing.
A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication among broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.