Management Team

John F. Lansing

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Chief Executive Officer and DirectorThe 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.

Rob Fallon

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Chief of StaffThe 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.

Jeffrey N. Trimble

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IBB Deputy DirectorThe 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.

André Mendes

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

Marie Lennon

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

David Kligerman

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Acting General CounselThe 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.

Ellona Fritschie

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Director of Congressional AffairsThe Director of Congressional Affairs serves as the liaison between the BBG and Congress, and ensures that Congress is fully and currently informed of USIM activities.

Nasserie Carew

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Director of Global Communications & Office of Public AffairsThe Director of Global Communications & Office of Public Affairs is responsible for developing and directing all BBG communications and external relations strategies and activities.

John Barkhamer

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Interim Chief Financial OfficerThe Chief Financial Officer 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.

Dr. Nnake Nweke

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Director, Office of Internet FreedomThe Director of the Office of Internet Freedom serves as the principal advisor on technological and innovative efforts to circumvent Internet censorship around the globe, lead the development of the BBG’s strategies on combating Internet censorship and study its impact on BBG programming.

Network Leaders

Amanda Bennett

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Director, Voice of AmericaThe Director of Voice of America (VOA) oversees a worldwide multimedia operation broadcasting in more than 40 languages around the world on radio, television, mobile, and the internet.

Brian Conniff

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President, MBNThe 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.

Maria González

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Director, Office of Cuba BroadcastingThe Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) oversees Radio and TV Martí which provide balanced news on local, regional and international events of importance to the Cuban people.

Thomas Kent

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President, Radio Free Europe/Radio LibertyThe President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) oversees the operations of the network, which serves as a surrogate media source in more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and Ukraine.

Libby Liu

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President, RFAThe President of Radio Free Asia (RFA) provides strategic and operational direction to meet the network’s mission of providing balanced, objective news to listeners in East Asian countries where such news is unavailable.