Mary Catherine Pleffner Named Chief Financial Officer at BBG

[Please see the update to this announcement with the BBG's February 28, 2013 statement]

Mary Catherin PleffnerWashington, D.C. – Mary Catherine Pleffner has been named Chief Financial Officer of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and will start work in early March, the agency announced today.

Pleffner will be the principal budget officer and financial management officer for the BBG, and will coordinate closely on budgetary matters with Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, and Radio and TV Martí . She will be responsible for directing all of the agency’s budgeting, accounting, and financial management operations.

“Mary Pleffner is a dynamic executive with a wealth of leadership experience and a proven track record,” said IBB Director Richard M. Lobo. “The agency will draw heavily on her finance, program and business expertise to lead organizational change and achieve strategic goals and objectives.”

Pleffner will plan and coordinate all phases of the formulation, presentation, justification, and execution of the BBG’s total budget. She will provide related advice to Lobo, the Board, and other top BBG officials.

Pleffner currently is serving as Director of the Department of Commerce’s Office of Administrative Services. Earlier, she served in the Department of Defense with responsibility for resource planning, budgeting, finance, and human resource involved in the stand-up of DOD’s U.S. Africa Command, and was chief financial officer of the Economic Development Administration within the Department of Commerce, where she also served as a deputy assistant secretary for management. Pleffner also has worked for the Agency for International Development’s Office of Inspector General, Prince George’s County Private Industry Council, and the U.S Coast Guard.

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