Senior Management

John Lansing, Chief Executive Officer and Director

JohnLansing_Headshot_CroppedThe CEO and Director oversees all aspects of U.S. international media. He provides day-to-day management of BBG’s operations, including oversight of the technical, professional, and administrative support as well as strategic guidance and management of other programs. Read More


Jeffrey N. Trimble, IBB Deputy DirectorJeffrey N. Trimble, IBB Deputy Director

The IBB Deputy Director works with the Global Strategy team, focusing on special projects that advance collaboration and coordination across the BBG.  He provides strategic editorial guidance to enhance BBG content in an environment of increasing global competition.Read More

Head shot of a womanAmanda Bennett, Director, Voice of America

The Director of Voice of America oversees a worldwide multimedia operation broadcasting in 45 languages, reaching an estimated 172 million people each week via radio, television, mobile, and the Internet. Read More

SandySugawaraSandy Sugawara, Deputy Director, Voice of America

VOA’s Deputy Director works closely with the VOA Director to chart network’s future growth and strategic expansion into digital programming and distribution.

Maria Gonzalez, Director, Office of Cuba Broadcasting

The Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting oversees Radio and TV Martí which provide balanced news on local, regional and international events of importance to the Cuban people. Read More

Rob Fallon, Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff manages critical projects on behalf of the Board and the CEO, works with the CEO’s direct reports and BBG network leaders to align their actions and communications in support of the agency’s goals. Read More.

André Mendes, Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer

AndreMendesThe Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer oversees all aspects of the information technology and infrastructure support services for U.S. international media. Read More


Marie Skiba Lennon, Chief of StaffMarie Lennon, Director of Management Services

The Director of Management Services has direct oversight of Human Resources, Contracts, Security, Civil Rights, Administration and Workforce Support and Development. Read More

Grant Turner, Chief Financial Officer

The CFO is the principal budget, accounting and financial management officer for the BBG and coordinates closely on budgetary matters with VOA, RFE/RL, RFA, MBN, and OCB. Read More

David Kiligerman, Interim General CounselDavid Kligerman, Interim General Counsel

The General Counsel serves as Board Secretary and manages BBG’s Office of General Counsel whose mission is to provide proactive end-to-end support for the BBG mission by ensuring legal compliance and promoting and defending the Agency. Read More

Grantee Leadership

Thomas Kent, President, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

The President of RFE/RL oversees the operations of RFE/RL, a private, nonprofit, multimedia broadcasting corporation that serves as a surrogate media source in 28 languages and in 23 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and Ukraine.  Read More

Brian Conniff, President, Middle East Broadcasting NetworksBrian Conniff, President, Middle East Broadcasting Networks

The President of Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) oversees the operation of the popular radio network Radio Sawa, as well as two television channels: Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq. Read More

Libby Liu, President, Radio Free AsiaLibby Liu, President, Radio Free Asia

The President of RFA provides strategic and operational direction to meet RFA’s mission of providing balanced, objective news to listeners in East Asian countries where such news is unavailable. Read More