BMI Announces New Board Members
BMI elected Albert Cheng, Dave Lougee, and Michael O'Neill to its board of directors at the company's annual shareholders meeting Monday in Nashville. O'Neill was recently named CEO of BMI, succeeding BMI's President and CEO Del Bryant, who announced his June 2014 retirement earlier this year. O'Neill will assume the title of president upon Mr. Bryant's retirement. In his capacity as president, Bryant continues on the board until his retirement. Cheng is Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, for the Disney/ABC Television Group. Lougee is President of the Broadcasting Division for Gannett.
Board member Paul Karpowicz, President, Meredith Broadcasting Group, CT, was elected Vice Chairman. In addition, current board members Jack Sander, Scottsdale, AZ, and Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW Network, Burbank, CA, were re-elected as members of the board. All newly elected board members will serve terms that expire in 2017.
Continuing in their terms on the board of directors are: Chairman, Susan Davenport Austin, Vice Chairman, Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation and President, Sheridan Gospel Network, New York, NY; Amador Bustos, President and CEO, Bustos Media Holdings, LLC, Portland, OR; Craig A. Dubow, Great Falls, VA; Michael J. Fiorile, President and CEO, The Dispatch Printing Company and Vice Chairman and CEO, Dispatch Broadcast Group, Columbus, OH; Catherine L. Hughes, Founder and Chairperson, Radio One, Inc., Silver Spring, MD; Philip A. Jones, Mission Hills, KS; Paul Karpowicz, President, Meredith Broadcasting Group, Rocky Hill, CT; Jerome L. Kersting, CFO, Merlin Media, Chicago, IL; Virginia Hubbard Morris, Vice President, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. and Chair, Hubbard Radio, LLC, St. Paul, MN; Steven W. Newberry, President and CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation, Glasgow, KY; and G. Neil Smith, President, GNS Media, LLC, Liberty, SC. Cecil Walker, Atlanta, GA, serves as Honorary Director.
N. John Douglas, Chairman and CEO, AIM Broadcasting, LLC, Palo Alto, CA, and Kenneth J. Elkins, St. Louis, MO, are retiring from the Board of Directors. Mr. Douglas and Mr. Elkins will both continue to serve the board as Honorary Directors.