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ABU widens search for new technology chief

The ABU has extended the deadline for applications for the Director of its Technology Department to “widen the field of potential candidates”.

The Union’s Secretary General Dr Javad Mottaghi says the position is a very important one for broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific and he wants to make sure the ABU has the best field of candidates to choose from.

“If we can widen the field of potential candidates it will be better for the ABU, better for our members and better for the ultimately successful candidate,” he says.

The job will become vacant in March next year when the current Technology Director Sharad Sadhu retires after 20 years in the role.

“Sharad has done a marvellous job,” says Dr Mottaghi, “and we are hopeful of finding someone able to fill his shoes.”

The Director of Technology is one of the most senior positions in the ABU Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur, reporting directly to the Secretary-General and responsible for contracted staff and temporary staff that are employed from time-to-time to work on special projects.

The successful candidate will oversee the overall management and supervision of the Technology and IT departments, liaison with the ABU Technical Committee, the Technical Bureau and its working parties, and take action on decisions of the General Assembly on technical matters.

He or she will lead the planning, management and implementation of activities, a key focus of which will be projects to assist ABU members in raising the standard of their technical and technology skills from early planning, development and implementation.

Candidates will need a recognised degree in a relevant broadcast engineering or multimedia technology and a minimum 20 years’ experience with broadcasting technologies, of which at least five years should have been spent in a senior management position.

They must be a citizen of a country within the ABU region and should have experience in organising large events such as conferences, seminars and training workshops.

The deadline for applications is 16 November and further details can be found here.