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SMPTE Names First Female President

11 Oct, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) has named its first-ever female president, Wendy Aylsworth, SVP of technology at Warner Bros.

Aylsworth previously served as engineering VP for SMPTE, where she worked to streamline the group’s standards-making process and helped advance cross-industry collaboration on 3D at home and broadband standards.

Aylsworth takes over for Pete Ludé, SVP of engineering at Sony Corp.

“Pete has championed a number of high-visibility SMPTE initiatives, including the successful launch of its digital library, the execution of Society’s first European conference and renewed focus on new media technologies,” said Barbara Lange, executive director of SMPTE. “On behalf of our members, we thank him for his vision, leadership and commitment.”

Other incoming SMPTE officers include EVP Robert P. Seidel, VP of engineering and advanced technology for CBS; financial VP Matthew S. Goldman, SVP of TV compression technology at Ericsson; education VP Patrick D. Griffis, senior director of technology strategy at Dolby; and secretary/treasurer Ann Marie Rohaly, director of accessibility policy and standards for Microsoft Corp.

“With this election, the Society renews its emphasis on the three pillars of membership, standards and education, signifying the Society’s focus on supporting a diverse, worldwide engineering workforce that can keep pace with rapid proliferation of technologies in our digital media ecosystem,” Lange said.

SMPTE will hold its annual technical conference Oct. 23 to 25 in Hollywood, Calif.

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