David Rehr Officially Named Fritts' Successor At NAB
October 20, 2005 at 1:18 PM (PT)
As expected, the NAB has made it official and named NATIONAL BEER WHOLESALERS ASSOCIATION President DAVID K. REHR the organization’s new Pres. and CEO, replacing the exiting EDDIE FRITTS. REHR, 46, was signed to a multi-year agreement and will assume the NAB leadership post on DECEMBER 5. FRITTS will remain a consultant to NAB through APRIL 2008.
Some 80 potential candidates were considered in the search for FRITTS' successor. REHR's selection comes with the endorsement of an NAB Presidential Search Committee chaired by CITADEL CEO PHILIP LOMBARDO and SUSQUEHANNA MEDIA CO. CEO DAVID KENNEDY.
"We conducted an exhaustive search to locate the absolute best person we could find to retain NAB's leadership as one of the preeminent trade associations in WASHINGTON," said LOMBARDO. "DAVID REHR fits that description in every way."
"DAVID's track record of success is well-documented, and we are confident that he has the talent to represent over-the-air broadcasting inside the Beltway and around the world with distinction," said KENNEDY. "Just as the Search Committee rallied around this selection, I'm convinced that all of our industry colleagues will also find DAVID REHR the right person to lead NAB."
BRUCE REESE, Pres./CEO of BONNEVILLE INTERNATIONAL and NAB Joint Board Chairman, called REHR "a highly skilled advocate with a passion for policy and a deep understanding of how WASHINGTON works. I am delighted that we have identified someone I truly believe will be an outstanding advocate for broadcasters for many, many years."
REHR said, "It is an honor to be selected to serve as president and CEO of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS. I know that I have big shoes to fill, and I am anxious to hit the ground running. I look forward to continuing the great work of radio and television broadcasters on CAPITOL HILL and in the public arena."