|For immediate release
January 15, 2004
|Contact: Jenny Lawhorn, 202-513-2304
NPR Names Robert G. Holstein as Chief Information Officer
WASHINGTON-NPR® (National Public Radio) has named Robert G. (Bob) Holstein as its chief information officer, effective January 12th. In his new role, Mr. Holstein will lead the transformation of NPR's information technology infrastructure and manage communications systems that support and enhance the work of the nation's leading nonprofit radio service, and more than 700 employees in 36 locations around the world. His duties will include establishing formal processes and procedures that will guide technology investment, service delivery and sourcing. The end goal of this mission will be to establish an efficient, effective IT capability based on best practices and aligned with the values and business strategy of NPR.
"Bob's rich experience as a leader in communication technology will help enhance NPR's technology capabilities and help us better communicate across the company, with our stations and with our 22 million listeners," said Ken Stern, NPR's executive vice president.
Mr. Holstein's professional background spans 23 years in the communication and information technology fields. Most recently, he spent seven years as business information officer for Capital One Financial, Inc. There, he built the technology infrastructure that enabled Capital One's telecommunications businesses. His projects included the development and rollout of business-rules decision systems, customer relationship management systems and numerous web-based and distributed applications.
Previous to his work at Capital One Financial, Mr. Holstein was director of information systems at Bell Atlantic Network Services Inc. (now a division of Verizon, Inc.) where he led their strategic transformation from mainframe-oriented to a distributed, open systems infrastructure. Before that, he was a district manager for Bell Communications Research, Inc. in Red Bank, NJ, and a member of the technical staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories.
Mr. Holstein, a resident of Potomac, MD, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
NPR is renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news and entertainment programming. A privately supported, non-profit, membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 22 million Americans each week via more than 750 public radio stations. International partners in cable, satellite and short-wave services make NPR programming accessible anywhere in the world. With original online content and audio streaming, npr.org offers hourly newscasts, special features and seven years of archived audio and information. NPR's several hundred awards include a 2000 National Medal of Arts.