William H. Roedy is former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International, where he and his team built from scratch a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands in 190 countries (including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central), reaching a potential audience of two billion people.
Prior to joining MTVNI, Roedy was a Vice President for HBO for ten years and was inducted as one of the 'pioneers' of the cable industry. Earlier, he was a career officer in the United States Army, where he qualified as an Airborne Ranger and was a decorated combat veteran in Vietnam. He also commanded nuclear missile bases as part of NATO.
Today, Roedy serves as Chairman of the Staying Alive Foundation, which provides young people with resources to fight the epidemic at the grass roots level, in combination with MTV¹s award winning HIV/AIDS programming. In 1998, Roedy was named Ambassador for UNAIDS and he has addressed the UN General Assembly on several occasions regarding the pandemic. He was a founding member and Chair of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS from 1999 to 2002 and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board. In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him founding Chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee. He is also active in a wide range of corporate social responsibility, global health issues including continued work with the United Nations, and he sits on several Boards, such as; amfAR, GAVI, GBC, Healthright, Fitzmi, Zumba and Ping4.
Among his awards he has received the international Emmy Founder Award, two honorary doctorate degrees, amfAR's Award of Courage, Doctors of the World Leadership Award and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award from UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon.
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Roedy, lives in a converted church in London with his Austrian wife Alexandra and their four children.