Bruce Johansen, president and CEO of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), will step down after 10 years of service. The association’s top executive will remain in his current role until the board of directors can find his replacement. He then plans to stay on as a long-term advisor to NATPE and its board.
Under Johansen’s leadership, NATPE significantly increased its presence and membership in both the United States and abroad. Once viewed as an association primarily dedicated to the U.S. television business, NATPE is now positioned as a true international organization dedicated to the ongoing betterment of the industry.
Prior to joining NATPE, Johansen held numerous executive positions with television, radio and distribution companies, including Multimedia Ent., Golden West Television, Cross Country Communications Inc. and Kaiser Broadcasting.
Johansen is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Hollywood Radio Television Society. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Banff Television Festival and is an Associate of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.