CPB Names Michael Levy as COO; Steve Altman to lead Policy and Business Affairs

Apr 21, 2017

(Washington, DC – April 21, 2017) The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has named Michael Levy Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer responsible for overseeing the company’s operations including Corporate and Public Affairs, Government Relations, Education, TV, Radio, Digital and Journalism departments, effective April 24, 2017.

Steve Altman will move into the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Policy and Business Affairs Officer focused on key areas related to Community Service Grants and other policies as well as grants management and contracting, with oversight of CPB’s Media Strategies and Business Affairs departments.

“CPB is adapting to change and tapping the considerable talents of Michael and Steve to strengthen our operations and address corporate priorities,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB.

Michael Levy had been serving as CPB’s Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President since November 2015 and will bring strategic thinking and planning to his new role. He joined CPB in 2005 as Vice President, Corporate and Public Affairs. Prior to coming to CPB, Mr. Levy served as Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, as chief of staff to the lieutenant governor of Oklahoma, and as a senior legislative aide to a member of Congress from Utah. Mr. Levy attended Emory University, University College London and Widener University School of Law.

Steve Altman joined CPB in 1996 and has served as Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Operating Officer. He has been responsible for most of CPB’s one-of-a-kind agreements, including negotiation of broadcast and Internet music rights licenses for public media, as well as the primary advisor on intellectual property and entertainment law issues. Before joining CPB, Mr. Altman was Vice President and General Counsel for Riggs Bank/MD and Riggs Bank/VA. He began his legal career with the firm Steptoe & Johnson and then with Mayer, Brown & Platt. He has a law degree from George Washington University and a degree in American History from Emory University in Atlanta.

Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer Joseph Tovares also announced his plans to resign effective in late June. Across eight years at CPB, he served as Senior Director of Operations, Television Programming; Senior Vice President of Diversity and Innovation; and most recently as Chief Content Officer.

“We are grateful to Joseph for his many contributions to our work in support of multi-platform national content, advancing system diversity, and professional development,” said Harrison. “He will be missed.”

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