Pat Mitchell was appointed president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) effective March 15, 2006. Mitchell came to the Paley Center from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where she was named president and chief executive officer in March 2000, the first woman and first producer and journalist to hold the position.
She is credited with leading public broadcasting into the digital future with such initiatives as the conversion from analog to digital broadcasting, the launch of a high-definition PBS channel and an on-demand and cable preschool children's service, the growth of PBS's website into one of the three most visited sites on the Internet, and the establishment of the Digital Future Initiative to help define models for public service media using new digital technologies.
Sean Parker is an entrepreneur with a record of launching genre-defining companies that reinvent ways to spread information online. In 1999, at the age of 19, Parker co-founded Napster and changed how people think about and share music. Two years later, Parker co-founded Plaxo, pioneering viral engineering technology for updating contact information. Parker served as Plaxo's president until 2004, when he joined with Mark Zuckerberg to develop the online social network Facebook. Parker was Facebook's founding president, helping transform that small start-up into an industry giant.
Parker's latest venture is Causes, which he co-founded in 2007, and which has become the largest online platform for grassroots activism and philanthropy. At Founders Fund, Parker searches for and fosters the same spirit of innovation that he saw at Facebook, Plaxo, and Causes in new company founders, and has provided essential mentorship to the portfolio companies, including helping develop Alamofire's wildly popular PackRat.
Ricardo B. Salinas is one of Latin America’s wealthiest people. He is the founder of Grupo Salinas, which includes several the largest companies in Mexico.
Jeff Zucker has served as president and CEO of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment content companies, since February 2007. He has spent his entire career at NBC Universal, joining the company’s Olympic unit in 1986, immediately out of college. In his more than twenty-two years with the company, he has had a diversified career as an award-winning producer and business leader.
His roles have included president of the NBC Universal Television Group, president of the Entertainment, News & Cable Group, and president of NBC Entertainment. He was also the youngest person to become executive producer of the Today show in 1992 at the age of twenty-six. A five-time Emmy Award winner, Mr. Zucker serves on a number of boards, including The Paley Center for Media’s Board of Trustees.