BBG Watch has learned that Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) chairman Jeff Shell is expected to name later this morning André Mendes, current Director Of Global Operations, as the BBG’s new interim CEO in the wake of departure of BBG director and CEO Andy Lack.

UPDATE: Jeff Shell has made the announcement of André Mendes’ appointment as Interim CEO. Shell said that Andy Lack’s departure was “very disappointing to him personally.” “I wish Andy were here today and not leaving — but he’s not.” He will come back to say good bye, Shell said.

I had nothing to do with Andy Lack’s decision to leave, Shell announced to the staff. I tried to talk him out of leaving, Shell added.

Shell also observed that there is a disconnect between the public image of the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the great people doing great work work every day.

The following bio for André Mendes appears on the website.

“As Director of Global Operations, André Mendes manages, supervises and directs the IBB Chief of Staff, the Office of Technology, Services and Innovation (TSI) and serves as program administrator for the grants made to the BBG-sponsored grantees. He is also currently serving as the acting Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to this role, Mendes served as the Director of the Office of Technology, Services and Innovation, providing executive leadership in the planning, development, and operation of all the engineering and technical systems necessary to communicate with the people of the world by radio, TV, and the Internet, including a world-wide satellite and transmitting station network, as well as planning for the use of new technological improvements and efficiencies.

André Mendes most recently served as senior vice president, strategic planning and global CIO, for Special Olympics International, managing the organization’s global technology infrastructure, the development of the 2011-2015 Special Olympics Strategic Plan and administering the Christmas Record Trust Fund. Previously he served as Chief Technology Integration Officer for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where he was responsible for both Information Technology and Broadcast Engineering during the Service’s $1.8 billion transition to digital television and managed PBS’ migration from a legacy tape-based environment to a ground breaking, entirely file-driven content workflow.

André has received numerous industry awards for his work, including one of the 2008 MIT Awards for IT Innovation.”

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