PBS has named Mario Vecchi chief technology officer, calling the former AOL executive “a world-class technologist.”
Starting Jan. 27, Vecchi will oversee distribution operations and engineering, media management, interconnection engineering, information technology, web and new media applications/systems and technology strategy and planning.
In the Dec. 13 announcement, PBS President Paula Kerger praised Vecchi’s “wealth of skill and experience.” He holds three engineering degrees, including a doctorate, from MIT. He is currently president of P&A Development Inc., a broadband network consulting firm for new businesses.
Previously he was president of Apex Technologies, a business-systems company he founded within the Grupo Ferre Rangel consortium, the largest communications and media group in Puerto Rico.
He also spent nearly a decade at AOL, departing in 2007 as s.v.p. of global technologies.
Vecchi will report directly to PBS Chief Operating Officer Michael Jones. Vecchi replaces John McCoskey, who exited in September to accept a position with the Motion Picture Association of America.