The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has accepted, with regret, the resignation of Jeffrey Gedmin, who has served for four years as president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Gedmin announced his plans to depart RFE/RL at the end of February 2011. The BBG, which oversees all U.S. international broadcasting including RFE/RL, thanked Gedmin for his dedicated service and announced plans to begin a search for a new President of RFE/RL.
“Jeff’s passion for the power of the truth has been a great inspiration for all of us involved in international broadcasting,” said Walter Isaacson, Chairman of the BBG. Isaacson added, “The Board looks forward to Jeff serving as a valuable adviser in the future.”
Gedmin took office in February 2007 and has overseen RFE/RL’s expansion of broadcasts to critical countries, its significant development of new media, the corporate relocation to a state-of-the-art broadcast headquarters in Prague, and has served as a passionate defender of press freedom.
“Jeff has been an exceptional leader of RFE/RL over the past four years,” said Dennis Mulhaupt, chairman of the corporate board of RFE/RL and member of the BBG. “He has immeasurably strengthened the organization and we are grateful for his dedicated leadership. We wish him the best in his future endeavors. As a Board, we reaffirm our commitment to RFE/RL’s vital mission, which is more important than ever.”
Gedmin departs RFE/RL to become CEO and President of Legatum Institute, London. The BBG will start an international search for a new president of RFE/RL and will work closely with Gedmin during this transition.