Robert Sachs

Director since 2013. Robert Sachs is an attorney and business executive who over the past 30 years has served in various executive capacities in the cable TV and telecommunications industries.  
Sachs is principal of Continental Consulting Group, LLC, a Boston-based cable and telecommunications consulting firm that he co-founded in January 1998.  In addition, he serves as a director of several telecommunications and technology companies, and as a trustee of several non-for-profit organizations.  From August 1999 through February 2005, Sachs left CCG to serve as President & CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (“NCTA”), the principal trade association of the US cable television industry. NCTA represents cable operators, programming networks and equipment suppliers before the federal government.  During Sachs’s tenure at NCTA, the cable industry attained a deregulatory environment for cable broadband services and launched new services including high-speed Internet access, high definition television, video-on-demand, and digital cable phone service.  For the prior two decades, Sachs served in executive positions with Continental Cablevision, Inc. and its successor, MediaOne.  From 1988 until 1998, Sachs was the company’s senior vice president of corporate and legal affairs.  From 1979 until 1988, he served as Continental’s director and then its vice president of corporate development.
Sachs began his professional career on the legislative staff of US Senator Charles Goodell (R-NY).  From 1975-77, Sachs served as legislative assistant to US Representative Tim Wirth (D-CO), then a member of the House Communications Subcommittee.  From 1977-78, Sachs served as a full-time consultant to the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy and from 1978-79, he was legislative counsel to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Sachs holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester (1970).  He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University (1974) and a law degree from Georgetown University (1978).  In addition, Sachs has completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School (1987).  
Sachs is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He is a director of BigBand Networks, Inc., Global Crossing, Ltd., StarHub, Ltd., and UpdateLogic, Inc.  He also serves as a trustee of The Citi Performing Arts Center, the WGBH Educational Foundation, The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and as chair of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. Sachs is a former director of the Advertising Council, CableLabs, Inc., Cable-in-the Classroom, Inc., and The Walter Kaitz Foundation.  He has also served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Committee on Media Reliability and Security.  He is married to Caroline Taggart, co-owner and director of OH+T, a contemporary art gallery in Boston.
Mr. Sachs is the Vice-Chair of the PBS National Policy Advisory Committee and serves on the Station Services Committee, the Strategic Planning Advisory Group and PBS Spectrum Task Force.

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