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Richard E. "Dick" French, Jr. – President and CEO

Dick French Jr.

Richard E. French, Jr. is the President of the Regional News Network (RNN).

Prior to starting RNN he was the CEO of SGI Graphics – a design and printing firm that produced annual and quarterly reports for Fortune 100 clients.

Richard formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mercy College and formerly chaired its Executive Committee. He also formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.

He resides with his wife, Cristina, in Harrison, New York. Their three children, Richard III, Christian and Mark are all involved in the communications business.

Richard French III – President of News and Programming

Richard French III

Richard French III oversees the RNN news division, and is responsible for all facets of planning, assignment, acquisition, production and delivery for the 24-hour news channels. In addition, he supervises the public affairs, talk and entertainment programming.

Richard also hosts the nightly public affairs program, "Richard French Live." The Emmy Award-winning program is a forum that counts politicians, pundits and personalities as contributors ranging from President Obama to the biggest newsmakers from the national to regional level. A multiple Emmy and state broadcaster awardee, Richard came to broadcasting from the world of politics. Richard has been at RNN since its inception.

Christian J. French – Chief Operating Officer

Christian J. French

Christian J. French is the Chief Operating Officer of RNN and WRNN-TV and has been involved for 17 years in the acquisition, daily operation, management, and expansion of the RNN properties.

In addition, Christian serves as the Chairman of the Board of Hudson Link, a privately funded non-profit organization that provides college-level education to students in four prisons in New York State including Sing Sing, Fishkill, Taconic and Sullivan Correctional facilities.

Christian is a graduate of the 2006 class of Rockefeller Fellows, a program established within the Partnership of New York City for senior executives in the important areas of public, private, and non-profit initiatives, with the goal of shaping the future public needs of NYC.

Edward Van Saders – Chief Financial Officer

Edward Van Saders

Prior to his current assignment, Edward Van Saders served as the Chief Financial Officer for the digital entertainment brand Heavy.com as well as EcoMedia, an environmentally focused media firm (now a part of CBS).

Previously, he was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at NBC-Universal overseeing the USA Network. He also held various domestic and international posts at Fox News Channel including a role as Finance Director for Network News Service (a joint venture of ABC, CBS and Fox News).

He began his career in media finance with Jim Henson Productions in 1993.

JEFFREY L. THOMPSON – GM & SVP, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Jeffrey ThompsonJeffrey is responsible for RNN’s national expansion and serves as SVP Business Development, with particular emphasis on expanding RNN’s reach onto fast-growing OTT and digital platforms. Jeffrey’s role includes development of content partnerships, joint ventures and alliances in addition to managing RNN’s West Coast office. Jeffrey is a veteran of the media industry, previously serving as Vice President, Global Business Development at The Walt Disney Company and Vice President, Digital Strategy & Business Development at Conde Nast prior to joining RNN.

Jeffrey currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Digital Hollywood, the Board of the Congressional Awards Foundation and previously served on NYC’s Latin Media Commission, having been appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Jeffrey is an active triathlete, having competed in the 2012 US Ironman Championship in New York City.

Jerry Andrews – News Director

Jerry Andrews serves as News Director for FiOS1 News in New Jersey and on Long Island. Jerry is an award-winning television producer and manager with 17 years of experience in both New York city local and national television news. He began his career at New York 1 and has since been an Executive Producer at both WCBS TV and Fox 5 News. Jerry also worked as a Senior Producer for CNN and most recently as Managing Editor for Fox's flagship station in New York City.

Jerry grew up in Queens. He is married and a father of two young children.

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