André Mendes, Interim CEO and Director

Andre MendesAs Interim CEO and Director, André Mendes oversees all aspects of U.S. international media. He will provide 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.

Prior to assuming this role, Mendes served as Director of Global Operations, managing, supervising and directing the IBB Chief of Staff, the Office of Technology, Services and Innovation (TSI) and serves as program administrator for the grants made to the BBG-sponsored grantees. He is also currently serving as the acting Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to this role, Mendes served as the Director of the Office of Technology, Services and Innovation, providing executive leadership in the planning, development, and operation of all the engineering and technical systems necessary to communicate with the people of the world by radio, TV, and the Internet, including a world-wide satellite and transmitting station network, as well as planning for the use of new technological improvements and efficiencies.

André Mendes most recently served as senior vice president, strategic planning and global CIO, for Special Olympics International, managing the organization’s global technology infrastructure, the development of the 2011-2015 Special Olympics Strategic Plan and administering the Christmas Record Trust Fund.  Previously he served as Chief Technology Integration Officer for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where he was responsible for both Information Technology and Broadcast Engineering during the Service’s $1.8 billion transition to digital television and managed PBS’ migration from a legacy tape-based environment to a ground breaking, entirely file-driven content workflow.

André has received numerous industry awards for his work, including one of the 2008 MIT Awards for IT Innovation.