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Hannon Lauded by WorldDAB

The organization’s outgoing president was honored for his work to advance digital radio

Outgoing WorldDAB President Patrick Hannon was honored with the 2023 Outstanding Service Award at the WorldDAB General Assembly in Munich.

After a decade of leadership, Patrick Hannon has stepped down as president of WorldDAB, but he was still called to the stage at this year’s WorldDAB General Assembly to be recognized for his service to he industry.

After five two-year terms heading up the global digital radio organization, Hannon is succeeded by Jacqueline Bierhorst, project director for Digital Radio NL in the Netherlands and previously a vice president of WorldDAB.

To recognize Hannon’s work with WordDAB, Bierhorst presented him with the 2023 WorldDAB Outstanding Service Award at the organization’s general assembly in Munich, Germany. In her introduction, Bierhorst described Hannon as “a remarkable individual whose exceptional contribution has significantly advanced the cause of DAB and DAB+ digital radio.”

The WorldDAB Award for Outstanding Service recognizes each year one individual for their exceptional contributions to the roll-out of DAB digital radio. It is offered in memory of Per-Erik Selemark of Swedish Radio, former vice president and chair of the WorldDAB Technical Committee, who died in January 1999.

As WorldDAB president, Hannon oversaw the expansion of DAB and DAB+ digital radio technologies to new regions around the globe, including Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He also campaigned for legislation to require DAB+ receivers in every new car sold in Europe.

“Patrick’s leadership was characterized by passion and unwavering commitment to DAB+.” Stated Bierhorst. “He is not one to wait for opportunities, but proactively seeks out ways to advance the mission of WorldDAB.”

In accepting the award, Hannon said: “Over the last ten years, WorldDAB has helped transform the international radio landscape. On a personal level, it’s been an honor to work with so many friends and colleagues around the world to achieve this goal.”

Hannon, who is vice president for corporate development at chipmaker Frontier Smart Technologies, will remain a member of the WorldDAB Steering Board.

WorldDAB Project Director Bernie O’Neill also thanked Hannon for his work and noted that she is looking forward to working with Bierhorst.

“As we enter this new chapter, we remain committed to promoting digital radio and advancing the interests of our members and stakeholders. We thank Patrick for his excellent service and look forward to working with Jacqueline to continue building the future of broadcast digital radio.”

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