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Former NAB CEO Joins Beasley’s Board of Directors

Gordon Smith will join the board May 25

Gordon Smith (photo via Beasley Media Group)

Former National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Senator Gordon Smith will join Beasley Media Group’s board of directors

Following a unanimous vote in March, Smith will be added to the slate of directors at the annual shareholders meeting on May 25.

Smith joined the NAB as President and CEO in November 2009. He served  the radio and television industries for more than a decade before transitioning to the role of special advisor at the end of 2021.

“During my years at NAB’s helm, I was privileged to get to know many of the outstanding firms in membership at the association,” said Smith. “Among these, Beasley Media Group was always in the upper echelons. It was my privilege to know George Beasley and it will be my pleasure to continue working with Caroline, Bruce and Brian on the Beasley board.”

Beasley Media Group’s Board Chair and CEO Caroline Beasley said it’s an honor to welcome Smith to the team.

“His outstanding leadership, dedication and service to broadcasters and our nation is unparalleled,” said Beasley. “His understanding of Washington and how to navigate the halls of power will serve our Board well for years to come. I look forward to working closely with Gordon and our board as we continue to evolve our company forward.”

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During Smith’s tenure, NAB played a pivotal role on a number of significant issues affecting radio broadcasters, including the preservation and modernization of the music licensing and copyright system, and reviews of media ownership rules.

Prior to joining NAB, Smith served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Smith’s committee assignments included the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the panel that oversees all broadcast-related legislation and has Federal Communications Commission oversight responsibilities.

Other members of Beasley Media Group’s board include Allen B. Shaw (Vice Chairman), Bruce G. Beasley, Brian E. Beasley, Peter A. Bordes, Jr., Michael J. Fiorile, Leslie V. Godridge, and Charles M. Warfield.