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This list showcases the top United States based CFO’ operating in the Broadcasting space. If you think a CFO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Deborah A. Cowan
CFO & Treasurer of NPR
Deborah A. Cowan is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at NPR. She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial operations, including ensuring the integrity of accounting processes, internal controls, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, planning and analysis. In addition to providing effective leadership of the finance and accounting staff, she is responsible for ensuring financial awareness and understanding throughout the organization. Cowan brings more than 20 years of financial leadership experience in media and business to her role at NPR. Just before joining NPR in 2010, Cowan served as the senior vice president of finance at Radio One, Inc. managing the financial and accounting operations. She was part of the senior leadership team that evolved the financial and operational structure and systems that helped grow the organization (through acquisitions as well as organically) and handled many complex strategic and financial issues. During her time at Radio One, Cowan’s accomplishments included formalizing the company’s planning process; leading the company’s initial and subsequent Sarbanes Oxley compliance; re-engineering several accounting processes; managing the integration of several radio stations, a radio syndication company and an online social networking company; overseeing company divestitures; installing several financial systems; and restructuring the company’s finance and accounting organizations into a centralized unit. Prior to joining Radio One in 2001, Cowan was a financial manager at IBM for 17 years where she held several increasingly responsible CFO positions for significant divisions.Before IBM, Cowan worked for Coopers & Lybrand, performing audits for large and medium-sized nonprofit and for-profit companies.A certified public accountant, Cowan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Columbia Business School. She is currently a director on the nonprofit boards of Consumer Reports and the National Education Association Foundation, where she chairs the audit committee and serves on the investment committee, and is a former director of the Media Financial Management organization.
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About NPR: NPR is a multimedia news organization and radio program producer that delivers national and international news broadcasts.
Executive Vice President And Chief Financial Officer of A+E Networks
David “Digger” Granville-Smith is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of A+E Networks. Granville-Smith joined A+E Networks as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2014. In December 2016, he was named to his current position. Granville-Smith leads all key financial functions across A+E Networks, including A&E®, History®, Lifetime®, LMN®, FYI™, H2®, Crime & Investigation Network®, History en Español™, Military HISTORY®, LRW®, A+E Studios™, A&E Indie Films®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. In addition, Granville-Smith oversees the Production, Operations, Engineering and Information Technology departments and is responsible for the Corporate Development, Strategy, Investments and Ventures Group. He provides strategic and operational leadership across all of the divisions of the company, including the Brand Portfolio Group, Ad Sales, Distribution, Digital and International, in order to drive the company’s overall growth and value creation. Granville-Smith serves on the boards of A+E Networks Latin America and VICELAND. Prior to joining A+E Networks, Granville-Smith worked at J.P. Morgan and Bear Stearns, which was acquired by J.P. Morgan, for 23 years. Prior to that, he worked at Smith Barney in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. At J.P. Morgan, he was a Managing Director and Head of the Media Group in the Investment Banking Division. Throughout his career in banking, Granville-Smith worked on a number of significant strategic and financing transactions for diversified media, cable network, cable distribution and telecommunications companies. Granville-Smith is a trustee of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. He also serves on the President’s Advisory Council for the College of Brown University. Granville-Smith received an A.B. degree from Brown University. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
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About A+E Networks: A+E Networks is truly a global media company with joint ventures and channels all over the world.
Sr. VP, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer of CBS Corporation
Tom Shilen is Sr. VP, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer @ CBS Corporation.
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About CBS Corporation: CBS Corporation is a mass media company that creates and distributes content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of CommScope
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About CommScope: CommScope Enterprise Solutions, a division of CommScope, Inc., offers a complete portfolio of network infrastructure solutions that enable
CFO of Haivision
Dan brings over 23 years of finance and administrative management expertise to Haivision. Previously, Dan served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for FinanSure, Inc. (a student loan lender), TUSC (an IT professional services firm) and Peapod, Inc. (the world’s first internet grocer), where he has significant experience in capital raising, M&A and infrastructure building. He also served as an M&A intermediary for Geneva Capital Markets a subsidiary of Citibank. Dan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, and his Masters of Management degree (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (USA).
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About Haivision: Haivision provides end-to-end video streaming solutions for encoding, recording, managing, publishing and distributing secure video content.
CFO of GG Media Network
Mr. James C. DiPrima, also known as Jim, has 40 years of financial accounting experience in both the public and private sectors. He held various positions with start-up companies. He has approximately 22 years working in various positions with public traded companies. He served as Chief Financial Officer for Coastal Technologies, Inc. He served as Chief Executive Officer of MBD Midwest. He served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Netcoast Communications, Inc. He served as a Director of Cyclone Power Technologies, Inc. Mr. DiPrima has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
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About GG Media Network: GG Media Network is a rising eSports media production company.
EVP & CFO of Townsquare Media
Mr. Rosenstein co-founded Townsquare in May 2010 and is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of FiveWire, an entity formed for the purpose of investing in the Company. Prior to co-founding FiveWire in January 2009, Mr. Rosenstein was previously the owner and managing principal from 2004 to January 2009 of AMG Financial, a private lending firm that extended financing and provided collateralized loans and other services principally to the real estate industry. Prior to founding AMG Financial in 2005, he co-founded LiveWire Ventures in 1998 with Mr. Price and served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PriCellular Corporation. Mr. Rosenstein started his career at Ernst & Young and was a senior manager at the firm until leaving to join PriCellular in 1990. Mr. Rosenstein earned his B.S. magna cum laude in Business Administration (Accounting) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants.
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About Townsquare Media: Townsquare Media, an entertainment and digital marketing services company, operates digital, radio and live event properties in the U.S.
Chief Financial Officer of Discovery
Gunnar Wiedenfels is the Chief Financial Officer at Discovery, Inc.
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About Discovery: Discovery is a multinational mass media factual television company covering science, history, geography, survival, and more.
Chief Financial Officer of Dolby Laboratories
Mr. Chew is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (audio, imaging, and voice technologies for the entertainment industry) and has held that position since 2012. He previously was Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of National Semiconductor Corporation (design, manufacturing, and sale of semiconductor products) (2001 to 2011). Mr. Chew also was a Partner and certified public accountant at KPMG, LLP (accounting firm), where he served mainly technology and financial institution clients. Mr. Chew has been a director of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company since 2009.
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About Dolby Laboratories: Dolby creates surround sound, imaging, and voice technologies for cinemas, home theaters, PCs, mobile devices, games, and more.
VP/Chief Financial Officer of Graham Media Group
Marcy Etienne is the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Graham Media Group. She has held this position since 2002 and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s finance and business operations. Etienne started her GMG career in 1986 at WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. She began as Business Manager and was promoted in 1988 to Director of Business & Administrative Affairs. Before joining WDIV, Etienne was the Controller for the Cable Division of Graham Holdings Company for two years. She began her career at Arthur Andersen in Detroit. Etienne is actively involved in the broadcast industry holding the position of Treasurer of Pearl, a partnership of broadcast companies with a shared interest in exploring forward-looking opportunities, including innovative ways of promoting local TV content and developing digital media and wireless platforms. Additionally, she is a board member of the Television Music License Committee. Etienne received her BBA from the University of Michigan Business School.
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About Graham Media Group: Graham Media Group is a broadcast media company.
Niral V. Merchant
Chief Financial Officer of Anthem Sports & Entertainment
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About Anthem Sports & Entertainment: Anthem Sports & Entertainment is a global leader in operating targeted specialty video channels on linear, digital and mobile platforms.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Mr. William P. Tayman, Jr. was appointed May 15, 2006, as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Tayman’s position entails the responsibility for the financial procedures at CPB as well as the direction of all administrative, human resources, and treasury functions within the organization. Mr. Tayman’s career of devoted public service and leadership has led him to his current role on the senior management team at CPB. Tayman’s nearly 30-year track record of service at the United States Postal Service (USPS) precedes his position at CPB. Most recently, he was the Manager of Corporate Financial Planning at the USPS. Additionally, Tayman has fulfilled a variety of leadership capacities for the Postal Service. He directed the treasury operations for the USPS as the Acting Vice President of the Treasury. He served as Manager of Budget and Financial Analysis as well as Manager of Strategic and International Finance. Initially, he acted as the chief accountant for the USPS as the Director of the Office of Accounting. In addition to Mr. Tayman’s career in finance at the USPS, he served as the Deputy Controller for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He started his career in finance as an accountant with Hoye, Graves, Bailey & Co., a medium-sized accounting firm. Mr. Tayman holds a Masters of Science degree in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Public Administration. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Tayman is originally from Washington, DC.
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About Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) promotes the growth and development of public media in communities throughout America.
Evan D. Masyr
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Salem Media Group
Mr. Masyr has been Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since July 2007. Mr. Masyr was Vice President—Accounting and Finance of the Company from September 2005 to June 2007. From March 2004 to September 2005, Mr. Masyr was Vice President of Accounting and Corporate Controller of the Company. Prior to that time, Mr. Masyr was Vice President and Corporate Controller of the Company from January 2003 to March 2004. From February 2000 to December 2002, he served as the Company’s Controller. From 1993 to February 2000, Mr. Masyr worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (formerly, Coopers & Lybrand LLP). Mr. Masyr has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1995.
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About Salem Media Group: Salem Media Group is America’s leading radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher
Chief Financial Officer of RealD
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About RealD: RealD develops the RealD Cinema technology for projecting films in stereoscopic 3D, using circularly polarized light.
CFO, Treasurer, and Corporate Secretary of Lightfleet
Robert Collier has been an officer of Lightfleet since its inception in April 2003. Prior to his association with Lightfleet, Mr. Collier was CFO for Xyron Corporation starting in September 2002. Mr. Collier leads the financial and administrative activities at Lightfleet. He has over 30 years of strategic and operational management experience, in a variety of high technology multinationals, including Ford Aerospace & Communications Corp., General Instrument, Verbatim, VeriFone and Hewlett Packard. As VeriFone’s Director of Finance, Mr. Collier helped grow the company from pre-IPO to revenue of nearly half a billion dollars, through its subsequent acquisition by Hewlett Packard. He holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
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About Lightfleet: Lightfleet has developed a new way of letting computers talk to each other using broadcast light to eliminate the wires.
CFO & General Counsel of AXS TV
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About AXS TV: AXS TV is a live entertainment television network.
SVP and Chief Financial Office of Tribune Media
Chandler Bigelow was named Executive Vice President/Chief Business Strategies and Operations Officer for Tribune Company in June 2013. Bigelow helps lead the ongoing transformation of Tribune’s traditional media businesses, and oversees the company’s equity investments and its real estate portfolio. Bigelow served as Tribune’s EVP/Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2013, overseeing all corporate finance functions, including financial reporting, tax, audit and treasury. Prior to that, he was Tribune’s vice president/treasurer with responsibility for the company’s financing activities, cash management, short-term and retirement fund investments and risk-management programs beginning 2003. Previously, Bigelow was assistant treasurer since 2001 and served as director/corporate finance from 2000 to 2001. He joined Tribune in 1998 as part of the Tribune Financial Development Program and became corporate finance manager in 1999. Prior to Tribune, Bigelow was manager of investor relations for Spyglass, Inc., from 1996 to 1997. In 1994, he co-founded Brainerd Communicators, an investor relations firm, where he served as vice president through 1995. A native of New York, Bigelow holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin. He is a board member for the Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden and of the Springboard Foundation in Chicago.
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About NielsenIQ, Tribune Media: Tribune Media is home to diverse portfolio of tv and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment, and sports programming.
CFO of Athlettes Productions
Al Freeman has over 20 years of Banking, investment and real estate experience in all facets of finance from start up to strategic alliances and insurance bonding. His vast network of creative financing and debt/equity experiences brings a fresh perspective to our portfolio of projects making it a profitable investment for the investor and the company equally. HIs ability to structure a winning deal for Wall Street as well as main street make his services sought after by many top companies from all over the world.
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About Athlettes Productions: Athlettes Productions/Media LLC (Athlettes Media) is a Scottsdale, Arizona based Entertainment/Game and Multimedia Company seeking.
Chief Financial Officer of Bitcentral
John Drake is the chief financial officer at Bitcentral. He has held the CFO position for various companies including Hardesty, CIG Financial, Graphics Communications Holdings, Thinque Systems and more. John holds an MBA degree from the University of Southern California.
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About Bitcentral: Bitcentral is a software company that provides solutions to streamline media operations and maximize the value of video content.
Chief Financial Officer of Broadcast Electronics
Becky Keck is Chief Financial Officer at Broadcast Electronics.
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About Broadcast Electronics: Broadcast Electronics designs and manufactures a complete line of radio broadcast products, including transmitters AM, FM and HD Radio.
Vice President of Finance & Operations & CFO of Vermont Public Radio
Brian is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the station, including finance, accounting, legal and human resources. He joined VPR in 2006. Previously, Donahue served as Chief Operations Officer for the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, responsible for the functional oversight of more than 200 employees and $50 million in school budgets. He was instrumental in the early development of the Saint Michael College’s MOVE (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts) program, a national model for community service activities by college students. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Saint Michael’s College and a Masters of Business Administration from Concordia University.
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About Vermont Public Radio: Vermont Public Radio is a statewide public radio network in Vermont that offers news, information, and music.
EVP/CFO of Q Raider Technologies
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About Q Raider Technologies: Q Raider transmits data through inaudible, ultrasonic sound waves, offering an alternative method for relaying data to mobile devices.