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Gordon Smith to step down as CEO at National Association of Broadcasters

Former U.S. senator will remain in an advisory role through 2024; current COO Curtis LeGeyt named next CEO

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April 7, 2021
By Walt Williams

National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith announced Wednesday that he will step down as head of the $92 million-revenue trade group at the end of the year. COO Curtis LeGeyt will succeed Smith as CEO on Jan. 1.

Smith, 68, has led NAB since 2009. He previously was a Republican U.S. senator from Oregon and is currently the owner of Smith Frozen Foods. In a video statement, the CEO noted he was also a lay minister in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and, most recently, a grandfather.

“Many of these things I have put on hold for the last quarter-century to give public service and to be among broadcasters,” he said. “I look forward to time with them, doing things grandfathers ought to do.”

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Smith worked with the board to develop a transition plan allowing him to remain in a special advisory role with the association through Dec. 31, 2024, NAB Joint Board of Directors Chairman Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. That advisory role will include lobbying.

LeGeyt joined NAB in 2011 and was executive vice president, government relations, until being promoted to COO in 2020. He formerly was senior counsel to U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and has a law degree from Cornell Law School.

“To represent the broadcast industry and the local stations that bind our communities together in a moment of such tremendous change across the media landscape is a privilege,” LeGeyt said in a statement.