NEW YORK, NY (June 25, 2014) — Steve Smith, Editor-in-Chief of TWICE, has announced his plans to transition from his role as Editor-In-Chief to Editor-At-Large, effective July 31st, 2014. In his new role, Smith will continue to cover the CE industry with a monthly column and blog. Additionally he will maintain an important link to CEA and the TWICE CES Daily during 2015 International CES.
Smith has led TWICE for 21 years and during that time his contributions to the brand and the CE industry are tremendous. He has presided over the brand through the many changes and innovations the market has presented. From the early days of video games and home computers and VCRs, to CE’s conversion from analog to digital formats with the introduction of CD, DVD, satellite TV and radio, to the game-changing launch of HDTV, and now the next-generation 4K/Ultra HD TV, Smith has lent his perspective to these and many other burgeoning products and product categories. He looks forward to commenting on the all the innovations that are reaching the market today including 3D technology and wearable technology.
“The highlight of my career has been the 21 years I have spent at TWICE,” says Smith. “As I take on a different role here, my thanks go to the industry’s suppliers, retailers, buying groups, and distributors — not to mention the Consumer Electronics Association — who support our efforts and share their expertise and insights with TWICE. And my thanks to all current and former members of our editorial staff, including freelancers, who have helped create and maintain TWICE as a top-notch and reliable source of news and information for one of the most important industries of our time.”
During his tenure, TWICE has won awards for its coverage of the development of high definition television from the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, as well as numerous internal editorial awards from the publication’s various owners. He is a sought after speaker and moderator at a variety of industry events over the years.
Smith has also been a long time friend and mentor to many in the industry. He has been a key figure in bringing together the many disparate buying groups and distributors all under one tent where competition takes a back seat to sharing of information and best practices during the many TWICE roundtable and events he has hosted and attended.
And through it all he has given so much of his time and energy to various causes, including his relationship with the Anti-Defamation League. This organization bestowed one of its highest achievements on Smith in 2004 by recognizing his contributions and awarding its Torch of Liberty award to him. He follows in the footsteps of many industry greats receiving this prestigious honor.
As well as being a member of the Leadership Panel for the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow program, he is a longtime judge on the Consumer Electronics Association’s CE Hall of Fame committee. He has also been interviewed and quoted by various media outlets to discuss key issues facing the consumer electronics industry many times during his career.
Prior to his tenure with TWICE, Smith held editorial leadership positions at Toy & Hobby World and Home Furnishings News.
In addition to his TWICE contributions, Smith plans on enjoying this next chapter in his life writing books and traveling with his wife of 34 years, Marion.
“On behalf of my colleagues, I want to congratulate Steve on a hugely successful tenure as TWICE‘s Editor-in-Chief,” says Ed Hecht, VP/Publisher, TWICE. “We look forward with excitement as he becomes TWICE‘s Editor-at-Large, a role that is tailor-made for someone with Steve’s unique perspective and experience.”
TWICE will announce new editorial management shortly.
TWICE (This Week in Consumer Electronics) is published by NewBay Media and is the leading business publication serving the consumer electronics industry. With editorial coverage on all things consumer electronics, including audio, video, smartphones, tablets, cameras, car electronics, major appliances, accessories, and so much more, TWICE is where the industry turns to put it all into perspective. Be it news, new products, and/or trends, TWICE has it covered. For more information, visit www.twice.com.
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