Gary E. Knell, the longtime president and chief executive officer of Sesame Workshop, will become president and chief executive officer of NPR, effective Dec. 1. H. Melvin Ming, currently serving as Sesame Workshop’s chief operating officer, will succeed Knell as president and chief executive officer of Sesame Workshop, effective Oct. 10.
Knell became chief executive officer of Sesame Workshop in 2000 after joining the company in 1989. During his tenure, the organization has expanded its revenue base, audience and global recognition.
Ming joined the Workshop in 1999 as chief financial officer and was named chief operating officer in 2002. Ming currently oversees the content, product licensing, distribution, research, communications and business strategies of all of the Workshop’s properties including Sesame Street and its international co-productions.
“Knell is an extraordinary leader with extensive experience in public media, programming and education,” says Dave Edwards, chairman of the board of directors at NPR. “As chief executive officer of Sesame Workshop for more than a decade, he has led a large, complex organization through a tumultuous media environment, helping it grow by providing innovative, engaging content in new and creative ways.”
“Ming is a tireless champion of our work here and around the world and he will continue to bring his passion and leadership to his new role,” says Vincent A. Mai, chairman of the board of trustees of Sesame Workshop. “Over the past twelve years, Ming has been a great partner to Gary Knell and we are fortunate to have him step into the role of chief executive officer.”