Sesame Workshop names its c.o.o. Ming as new president and c.e.o.

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Sesame Workshop’s new president and c.e.o. is H. Melvin Ming, currently the Workshop’s chief operating officer. Ming succeeds Gary Knell, who was just named president of NPR. Ming joined the nonprofit home to Sesame Street in 1999 as chief financial officer, and was promoted to c.o.o. in 2002. As c.o.o. he oversees content, product licensing, distribution, research, communications and business strategies.

Prior to joining the Workshop, Ming served as chief financial officer of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York; chief operating officer at WQED in Pittsburgh; and chief financial officer and chief administrative officer at WNET in New York. Previously, Ming served as NPR’s vice president, finance and administration.

“Mel is a tireless champion of our work here and around the world and he will continue to bring his passion and leadership to his new role,” said Vincent Mai, chairman of the board of trustees for the Workshop. “Over the past 12 years, Mel has been a great partner to Gary Knell and we are fortunate to have him step into the role of c.e.o.” (Image: Sesame Workshop)