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.

Matthew Walsh

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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.

Oanh Tran

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Managing Director, CEO’s Office & Board OperationsThe Managing Director serves as senior advisor to the CEO in support of the day-to-day management of the agency and all board operations.

Haroon K. Ullah

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Chief Strategy OfficerThe Chief Strategy Officer leads the Agency’s policy engagement within the broader U.S. government as well as with key stakeholders outside the federal government. The CSO focuses on strategic planning and initiatives to make the Agency more strategically relevant in the national security, foreign affairs, and global media spheres.

Terry Balazs

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Director of TSI, CIOThe Director of the Office of Technology, Services, and Innovation (TSI) manages radio and TV program transmission, information technology, agency infrastructure, and other technical functions supporting the BBG networks.

Grant Turner

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Chief Financial OfficerThe 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.

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.

David Kligerman

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Tomás P. Regalado

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Director of Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB)The 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.

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.

Alberto M. Fernandez

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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.

Senior Experts

Joan Mower

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Director of Training and DevelopmentThe BBG’s Development and International Media Training office supports independent media worldwide, with training on subjects ranging from best editorial practices to sales and marketing. The office also works with partners to develop programs that deliver fact-based news and information on health, education, entrepreneurship, and more.

Dr. Nnake Nweke

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Chief Risk OfficerThe Chief Risk Officer leads the BBG's enterprise risk management program and its activities, including identifying, assessing, managing, and monitoring all enterprise-wide risks to the agency’s strategic goals and objectives.

Chad Hurley

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Director of the 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.

Shawn Powers

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Senior Advisor for Global Strategy and InnovationThe Senior Advisor for Global Strategy and Innovation focuses on strategic planning, innovation, research and evaluation, and policy coordination for the BBG, as well as positioning the agency within the broader U.S. government and with key stakeholders.

Gary Thatcher

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The Associate Director for Program Support handles a number of major assignments, overseeing program placement, marketing, international media training, and external and international affairs.

Rami Khater

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Chief Technology Officer and Director of ResearchThe Chief Technology Officer and Director of Research assesses media and technology trends that give BBG a competitive advantage while promoting a culture of openness and innovation.