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Lack Leaving BBG

Mendes now interim CEO while search gets underway

Andy Lack is leaving the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Lack was rumored by BBG Watch to be in talks for a return to NBC. The BBG confirmed Lack is leaving his chief executive position which he’s held only since January, but did not say where Lack is headed.

The CEO and director position was the first-ever for BBG, which began the search in October 2013. Lack’s selection was announced last September.

A BBG spokeswoman told Radio World that the body has a plan in place and met this morning to discuss that with staff. Today the BBG said in a statement that Lack “understood the importance” of BBG’s mission; BBG runs U.S. civilian overseas broadcasters like Radio and TV Martí and Voice of America.

The BBG will now begin to look for “an equally talented executive to help continue to transform our agency,” it noted, adding that the BBG now has a “cohesive governing board” comprised of media, communication and foreign policy experts, who will continue to lead the group.

BBG Director of Global Operations Andre Mendes is now interim CEO and director, supported by Director of Global Strategy Robert Bole and Executive Director Suzie Carroll.