NAB announced this afternoon that its president and CEO since December 2005, David Rehr, has resigned from the trade association. It said that Janet McGregor, NAB’s chief operating and financial officer, will work closely with Rehr and assume day-to-day duties until a successor is named.
After a rocky three-year tenure, David Rehr announced today that he is resigning as president of the National Association of Broadcasters.
Rehr said he plans to continue in his current role during a transition phase. During an interim period, Janet McGregor, NAB’s chief operating and financial officer, will work closely with Rehr and assume day-to-day duties until a successor is named, NAB said.
“David made a significant contribution and has been extremely dedicated to making NAB a stronger organization,” NAB Joint Board Chairman Jack Sander said. “On behalf of the board of directors and our member stations, we thank him for his leadership and wish him well in the future.”
“In large part due to David’s efforts, we have a very solid infrastructure in place. Our senior staff members are experienced and extremely talented. Our board of directors and members are a powerful force comprised of the best minds in broadcasting,” Sander said.
“I have enjoyed leading America’s broadcasters through this time of change and challenge,” Rehr said. “Our efforts to educate America about the digital television transition have been enormously successful, and our effort to reinvigorate radio through the Radio Heard Here campaign is positioning radio broadcasters well for the future.”
Rehr joined the NAB from the National Beer Wholesalers Association in December 2005.
During his years, the NAB has suffered a series of setbacks in Washington. The NAB failed to obtain multicast must-carry rights for TV stations; it also failed to block the XM-Sirius radio merger as well as the FCC’s so-called “white spaces” initiative opening up broadcast spectrum for shared use by computer devices.
It is now fighting what appears to be an uphill battle to prevent Congress from requiring radio stations to pay royalties to record labels.
The Rehr NAB had no better luck at the FCC than it did on Capitol Hill.
On his watch, the FCC mandated DTV transition awareness PSAs, imposed a rigorous quarterly programming disclosure regime and launched a rulemaking that may result in programming quotas and stiff ascertainment requirements.
In general, the NAB is seen as a weaker lobby than it was under the leadership of Rehr’s predecessor, Eddie Fritts.
Prior to joining NAB in 2008, McGregor spent 26 years at Lockheed Martin Corp., most recently as president and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company.