Ericsson Exec Elected As Next SMPTE President


Members of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) have selected Ericsson SVP/Technology, TV and Media Matthew Goldman as its incoming president, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Goldman succeeds CBS VP/Engineering and Advanced Technology Bob Seidel, who took on the role of president for 2015-2016.

SMPTE presidents hold the role for a two-year term.

“Matthew has held a variety of key SMPTE roles that have furthered the Society’s mission, and I am confident that as the new SMPTE President, he will build on Bob Seidel’s excellent work,” said SMPTE outgoing Past President Wendy Aylsworth, who served as the chair of the Society Nominating Committee. “Matthew and Bob are among the many SMPTE Members who have worked to bolster the society’s growth leading into and during our Centennial celebrations. The officers and governors elected for the 2017-2018 term — and those who continue in their existing roles — are a broad and strong group who bring extraordinary leadership to SMPTE as we enter our second century of ensuring interoperability across the media ecosystem and, in turn, facilitating the ongoing growth of our industry.”

Goldman is a SMPTE Fellow who has previously held SMPTE board roles including EVP, Finance VP, and Eastern Region Governor.

“The influx of IP into broadcasting, the embrace of software-defined networking and processing, and the rise of a fully-connected world are just a few examples of the extraordinary evolution taking place across the media and entertainment industry,” Goldman said. “SMPTE has been working diligently to address the industry’s growth and to provide standards and education programs that are relevant — in concept and practice — to the current and future work of its engineers, creatives, and other professionals. I look forward to this new opportunity, as SMPTE president, to contribute to this important work and to help guide the Society toward ever-greater growth, stability, and success.”

Other incoming SMPTE officers elected for the two-year 2017-2018 term include Patrick Griffis as EVP. Griffis serves as VP/Technology at Dolby Laboratories and is the SMPTE Education VP.

Succeeding Griffis in his current role is Sundog Media Toolkit CEO Richard Welsh. BroadStream Solutions VP/Technology & Business Development Peter Wharton will continue to serve as Secretary/Treasurer.