In his current position Mr. Mendes serves as the CIO/CTO of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors and Director, Technology Services and Innovation for the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau.
With this portfolio, Mr. Mendes oversees the largest digital audio distribution system in the world through a $1.2B global network that includes 84 transmitting stations, utilizes 14 geo-stationary satellites, 1400+ affiliates, redundant circumnavigating fiber and a growing global MPLS network. BBG broadcasts reach a weekly audience of 187 million in 100 countries in over 55 languages.
In his former position, as SVP Strategic Planning and Global CIO for Special Olympics International, Mr. Mendes was responsible for the formulation of the organization’s Strategic Plan and all aspects of the global movement’s information technology, Internet and media infrastructures.
Previously, as Chief Technology Integration Officer, he was responsible for developing and implementing technology strategy in both Broadcasting Engineering and Information Technology divisions of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He has also served as Chief Operating Officer at Pluvita, Inc. a biotechnology and bioinformatics startup.
He is the recipient of multiple industry awards including:
• 2013 Top 100 Hispanic IT Executives
• 2011 Top 10 Breakaway Leaders (Finalist)
• 2008 MIT CIO Innovation Awards
• 2006 Mid-Atlantic IT Executive of the Year
• 2006 Mid-Market Leadership
• 2005 Technology Leadership in Broadcasting
• 2004 Innovation in Storage Award
• 2003 Excellence in Broadcast Engineering
• 2001 Premier 100 IT Leaders
He is a co-author of the critically acclaimed “CTO Leadership Strategies” from Aspatore Books and is an internationally recognized leader in the convergence of broadcasting, IT and new media technologies.