Rick Feldman Exiting as CEO at NATPE

2:00 PM PST 02/07/2012 by THR Staff
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Rick Feldman

After growing the syndication conference to a larger focus on digital and international, he will segue to a three-year gig as a consultant with the organization.

After successfully reviving NATPE, Rick Feldman is transitioning out as president and CEO of the organization.

Following the conclusion of his nine-year term on April 30, Feldman will segue into three-year consulting plan with NATPE, the group announced Tuesday.

“I am very proud of what I have accomplished during my time as CEO of NATPE," Feldman said in a statement. "We have expanded our programs, improved our financial position, enhanced our brand internationally, integrated the digital world and brought new life to our organization with our move to Miami. I look forward to working with the person who will replace me and with the organization as a consultant in the years ahead."

Following a career as a TV station manager, the NATPE convention had seen its attendance slide from its glory days in the 1990s when it attracted more than 10,000 people. Feldman is credited with reviving the conference by expanding its focus from syndication to also include digital and international news, moving the annual event to Miami Beach.

“We deeply appreciate the contributions Rick has made to NATPE including his work most recently on our very successful Miami Conference, which grew in all key categories for the second year in a row,” NATPE co-chairman Jordan Levin said. “His knowledge and experience will continue to be put to good use as a consultant to the person we select and to the organization as a whole.”


Added co-chairman Chris Grant: “Our goal now is to find an individual who can oversee the proposed plans we have for our 50th Anniversary celebration and can help implement the ideas we have discussed to grow NATPE and solidify its position as the premier content association in the world across all platforms, both traditional and emerging.”

Korn Ferry has been retained to head the search to select a new CEO. Feldman will assist in the process.

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