The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has named David Grindle as its next Executive Director.

Grindle will formally join SMPTE in July after working as Executive Director of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology for the past 12 years.

SMPTE David_Grindle

David Grindle, SMPTE

He succeeds Barbara Lange, who stepped down at the end of 2021 after 12 years.

“David encompasses for SMPTE the leadership attributes we need to move the global organisation into its second century with long-term, sustainable programmes,” said SMPTE President Hans Hoffmann. “He has broad experience in non-profit organisations and working with board structures like we have, and I look forward to developing — together with the board, him and the home office staff — the strategies for the future growth of the society.”

Grindle is a Fulbright specialist with the US State Department and an honourary member of the African Theatre Association.

“I am honoured and excited to be appointed SMPTE’s next executive director,” said Grindle. “Building on the storied history of the society and working with the members and staff, I am confident that we can position SMPTE for current and future service to a rapidly developing industry.”

Grindle added: “The opportunities to connect people in the global media community are boundless, and one of my goals as executive director is to help SMPTE become the bridge that connects people to this industry and the industry to its own future. There is so much positive energy and momentum here already, and I look forward to meeting our members and hearing what they need and want so that we can work to continue delivering relevant and meaningful services for SMPTE members at all stages in their career path.”