Feldman stepping down as NATPE chief exec

Named president and CEO of the non-profit organization in 2003, Rick Feldman will shift to a consultancy role at the end of April.
February 8, 2012

Rick Feldman, president and CEO of the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE), is stepping down from the post at the end of April and shifting to a three-year consultancy role for the non-profit organization.

NATPE has retained Korn Ferry to administer an executive search to select a new operating chief, and Feldman will assist with the transition.

Of Feldman, NATPE chairman Jordan Levin said, “His knowledge and experience will continue to be put to good use as a consultant to the person we select and to the organization as a whole.”

“Our goal now is to find an individual who can oversee the proposed plans we have for our 50th anniversary celebration and can help implement the ideas we have discussed to grow NATPE and solidify its position as the premier content association in the world across all platforms, both traditional and emerging,” added co-chair Chris Grant.

For his part, Feldman said, “I am very proud of what I have accomplished during my time as CEO of NATPE. We have expanded our programs, improved our financial position, enhanced our brand internationally, integrated the digital world and brought new life to our organization with our move to Miami.”

The NATPE conference recently wrapped its latest edition in Miami and will return for a third year.

A longtime TV exec, prior to NATPE, Feldman was executive vice president and chief operating officer of USA Broadcasting in Los Angeles. Prior to USA, he’d been with KCOP-TV in Los Angeles for 16 years, moving from general sales manager to president and general manager in the space of 10 years.

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