Advisory Committee Member
Public Broadcasting Service
Chief Technology Officer
Areas of Expertise
Cybersecurity Strategies, Cybersecurity Leadership
Dr. Vecchi is the Chief Technology Officer of PBS, a member of the senior executive staff and a PBS Board Officer. As the CTO, Dr. Vecchi oversees distribution operations and engineering, media management, interconnection engineering, information technology, enterprise business and media systems, as well as technology strategy and planning, and executive sponsor of the PBS Cyber Security Task Force.
Dr. Vecchi spent more than a decade at AOL, ultimately earning the title of Senior Vice President, AOL Global Technologies, a position he held from 2003-2007. Earlier, during his tenure at Time Warner Cable from 1994-1998, Dr. Vecchi co-founded the Road Runner broadband service, pioneering the development of the cable modem technology, as Senior Vice President/Chief Technical Officer, Road Runner Group.
Dr. Vecchi holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. degree from MIT. With more than 70 publications and technical presentation to his credit, he holds four International and U.S. patents. A highlight of his research contributions is the pioneering co-invention of the simulated annealing algorithm at the IBM Watson Research Center.
He serves on the Board of the North American Broadcast Association (NABA). He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Television Academy. He was awarded the “Order of Andres Bello” by the President of Venezuela for his distinguished research and academic contributions.
Dr. Vecchi has received the Imagen Foundation award as “Powerful & Influential Latinos in Entertainment” for 2016, 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as the B&C “Technology Leadership Award” at the 2019 NAB conference.