SMPTE has appointed Michele Wright as Director of Business Development & Outreach. She will lead the Society’s marketing and sales teams and partner with SMPTE staff and volunteers to ‘guide multiplatform marketing and outreach to new and diverse members and partners’.

Michele WrightWright has experience in pharmaceutical/biotechnology sales, healthcare administration, and business development for Fortune 100 companies and an international non-profit organisation. A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, she is the 2022 USA Today Woman of the Year for Arkansas, and a 2022-2023 AARP Purpose Prize Fellow. She is also the recipient of the Nations of Women Change Makers 2021 Global Leadership Award and a nominee of the EveryLife Foundation of Rare Diseases’ RareVoice 2021 Award for Diversity Empowerment.

‘With advanced degrees in both engineering and public policy, and a record of transformational leadership in diverse roles and environments, Michele comes to this SMPTE role ready to partner with colleagues in realising meaningful change and growth for the Society,’ says SMPTE Executive Director, David Grindle. ‘She has a unique ability to share and communicate a vision for change, and then to foster and guide a practical approach to implementation and administration – all aimed at improving operations and contributing to organisational growth and scaling. I am so pleased to welcome her to SMPTE.’

‘I was drawn to this role because it affords me an invaluable opportunity to work for the global gold standard society of media professionals, technologists, and engineers,’ Wright says. ‘I am also thrilled to report to a forward-thinking change agent like SMPTE’s new Executive Director, David Grindle, and to work synergistically with my technically brilliant team. I also look forward to collaborating with SMPTE’s staff, officers and Board of Governors, alongside its first newly elected African American president, Renard T Jenkins, to build from SMPTE’s past and to plan and enhance our future.’

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