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RFE/RL Leadership Transition Announced

Daisy Sindelar
Daisy Sindelar

WASHINGTON -- John F. Lansing, CEO of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Board of Directors, today announced the appointment of Daisy Sindelar as Vice President and Acting President of RFE/RL, effective December 7, 2018.

Ms. Sindelar will work closely with Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Nenad Pejic and Chief of Staff Christine Fetzko to ensure consistent operations and a smooth transition. “Daisy has the full support of RFE/RL’s Board and myself. She has shown remarkable dedication and leadership, and I have every confidence that she will maintain the current momentum and continue to deliver on the network’s priorities,” said Lansing. “I am also grateful for Nenad, who will remain our excellent Editor-in-Chief, and Christine’s outstanding leadership and commitment to RFE/RL. Their ongoing support, especially during this transition, will be invaluable.”

Ms. Sindelar, who joined RFE/RL in 2001, has extensive knowledge of RFE/RL’s programming and operations. She is the Director of Current Time, a 24/7 Russian-language global network led by RFE/RL in cooperation with Voice of America, and played an integral part in launching and growing this flagship project. Ms Sindelar speaks Russian and worked as a reporter and editor in Russia prior to joining RFE/RL.

“It’s a privilege to assume the role of Acting RFE/RL President at a time when our journalism is more vital than ever to audiences across the former Soviet space, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan,” said Sindelar. “I look forward to working with CEO Lansing and my colleagues at RFE/RL to ensure that we continue our strong tradition of delivering objective, impactful news and information to the people who need it most.”

RFE/RL’s Board, working closely with the USAGM CEO, continues the search for a new President of RFE/RL.

About RFE/RL
RFE/RL relies on its networks of local reporters to provide accurate news and information to 34 million people in 25 languages and 20 countries where media freedom is restricted, or where a professional press has not fully developed. RFE/RL recorded 2.6 billion combined views across Facebook, YouTube and Instagram in FY2018. RFE/RL is an editorially independent media company funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media.


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