September 23, 2020 – Window To The World Communications, Inc. (WWCI), parent organization of WTTW and WFMT, announced today that its President and CEO, Sandra Cordova Micek, has been elected to serve a three-year term as a Professional Director on the PBS Board, effective today.
“I am honored to join the PBS Board,” said Micek. “This is a watershed moment for public media, and I believe our work as a system plays an important role in shedding light on issues that impact and matter to our community. I look forward to working with member stations across the country to ensure that our content and engagement across all platforms and in our communities are essential now and into the future.”
“As PBS celebrates 50 years, our service to the American public has never been more important,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “Thanks to the extraordinary leadership of the PBS Board of Directors, public television will continue to serve as a beacon of thoughtful and thought-provoking media for generations to come.”
In addition to Micek’s election, President of GBH Jon Abbott and President of KQED Michael Isip were also elected to join the Board as Professional Directors. Molly Phillips, Executive Director and General Manager of Iowa PBS, was elected to a second term as a Professional Director. Mildred Garcia, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), was elected as a General Director on the PBS Board.
The 27-person PBS Board includes both Professional Directors, who are station leaders, and General Directors, who serve as lay members of the Board, as well as the PBS President. The PBS Board of Directors is responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS. General and Professional Directors of the PBS Board are elected to three-year terms and serve without pay. PBS member stations elect the Professional Directors. The General Directors are elected by the entire Board, as are the PBS President and the Board officers.
About Sandra Cordova Micek
Prior to her tenure at WTTW and WFMT, Sandra Cordova Micek served as senior vice president, Global Brands for Hyatt, where she was a change agent, helping to transform the organization to become more purpose‐driven and brand‐led by developing break‐through, integrated, cross‐platform programs and by being laser focused on the target audience. She co-led Hyatt’s diversity business resource group, Latinos at Hyatt. Before that, Sandra was senior vice president, Marketing, for USA TODAY, where she was actively involved in the digital transformation journey of the company. She also ran Women at NBCU and spent almost 10 years in Silicon Valley holding strategic management positions at Yahoo! and Accenture (San Francisco and London). Micek started her career at Turner Broadcasting in New York, and earned a BA in Communications/Television, Radio and Film Management at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She has served on and is now chair of the Newhouse School Advisory Board and the Syracuse University Chicago Regional Council. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where she was the Ford Motor Company Marketing Scholar. In 2019, Micek was named the McCormick Foundation Fellow in the inaugural class of the Leadership Greater Chicago Daniel Burnham Fellowship program for C-level executives and a Chicago United Business Leader of Color Award recipient. She is currently a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club, and the Association of Latino Professionals for America.
Window To The World Communications, Inc. is the parent organization of WTTW and WFMT. WTTW is the PBS member station in Chicago, committed to creating and presenting unique media content across distinct television and digital channels – WTTW, WTTW Prime, WTTW Create/WTTW World, WTTW PBS Kids 24/7, wttw.com, and the PBS/WTTW video app. Recognized for award-winning journalism and local productions such as Chicago Tonight, Chicago by ‘L’, Check, Please!, digital-first series FIRSTHAND and Urban Nature – and national productions Prehistoric Road Trip, 10 That Changed America, and Nature Cat – WTTW presents the very best in public affairs, arts and culture, nature and science, history, documentary, and children’s public media content. WFMT is one of the country’s most respected classical music radio services, showcasing the finest music programming and live performance, including Live from WFMT and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Series, across broadcast and digital platforms on 98.7FM, wfmt.com, and the WFMT app. The WFMT Radio Network is a leading creator and distributor of audio arts and culture programs, including Exploring Music with McGlaughlin and the Beethoven Network, made available to radio stations and other content platforms around the world.