One executive to leave CPB while two get new duties

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Two CPB executives are taking on new responsibilities and one is resigning, President Pat Harrison told public media leaders in an email Friday.

Joe Tovares, senior vice president and chief content officer, will resign in late June. Harrison said CPB is grateful “for his many contributions to our work in support of multi-platform national content, advancing system diversity efforts, and professional development.”

Tovares has been at CPB for eight years. His roles have also included senior director of operations, television programming; and SVP of diversity and innovation.

Steve Altman becomes executive vice president and chief policy and business affairs officer. He will oversee Community Service Grants, grants management and contracting, and handle CPB’s media strategies and business affairs departments.

Altman joined the corporation in 1996 as associate general counsel and rose to VP of the office of business affairs in 2002. He was promoted to SVP in 2005 and has been acting chief operating officer since 2015.

The new COO is Michael Levy, who also continues as executive vice president. He joined CPB in 2005 as VP, corporate and public affairs.

Harrison said that while CPB faces issues such as making a case for its appropriation, analyzing the impact of the spectrum auction and considering changes in Community Service Grant policy, “we need strong leadership to ensure we are as effective as possible.”

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