Bashar Fahmi missing 5 years

MBN’s Alhurra Television marks five years since correspondent Bashar Fahmi went missing in Aleppo, Syria on August 20, 2012.

André Mendes

As Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer, André Mendes oversees all aspects of the information technology and infrastructure support services for U.S. international media. In 2015, Mendes served as Interim CEO and Director of the BBG.

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.

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.

Last modified: January 23, 2017