NAB names Smith new President and CEO

Gordon H. Smith, a former two-term US Senator from Oregon and successful entrepreneur before launching his career in politics, has been selected as the new president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Smith will officially join the broadcast advocacy organisation on November 1st. The 57-year-old Smith served in the US Senate from 1996 to 2008, where his committee assignments included the Senate Commerce Committee, the panel that oversees all broadcast-related legislation. Smith also served on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Smith's role on the Commerce Committee and as the Chairman of a Senate High Tech Task Force helped foster his interest in new media and new technology issues.