Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Mario Vecchi oversees distribution operations and engineering, media management, interconnection engineering, information technology, web and new media applications/systems, as well as technology strategy and planning for PBS.
Before PBS, Dr. Vecchi served as President of P&A Development, Inc., a development and consulting firm for new products and new businesses. From 2007 to 2011, he was President of Apex Technologies, a company he created within the Grupo Ferre Rangel consortium that integrated IT operations and product development. Prior to GFR, Dr. Vecchi spent nearly a decade at AOL, ultimately earning the title of Senior Vice President, AOL Global Technologies.
During his tenure at Time Warner Cable, Dr. Vecchi co-founded Road Runner, the company’s pioneering cable modem online service, and served as Senior Vice President/Chief Technical Officer, Road Runner Group, from 1994 to 1998. Earlier in his career, Dr. Vecchi was Director, Applied Research at Bell Communications Research; Founder of Xynertek CA, one of the first worldwide companies to design and manufacture IBM PC compatible microcomputers; Head of the Semiconductors Laboratory at the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas; and Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas. He was also the co-inventor of the simulated annealing algorithm at the IBM Watson Research Center.
Dr. Vecchi is fluent in Spanish and Italian and has knowledge of French and Portuguese. With more than 70 publications and technical presentation to his credit, he holds four International and U.S. patents. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Dr. Vecchi holds a PhD, as well as Electrical Engineering and Master of Science degrees from MIT.