WGBH News and Media Relations


May 13, 2014

Rick Burnes Named Chair of WGBH Board of Trustees

BOSTON, Mass. (May 13, 2014) – Richard (Rick) M. Burnes, Jr. assumed the position as chair of the WGBH Board of Trustees last week during the public broadcaster’s May board meeting. Burnes succeeds Amos Hostetter as Board Chair of the Boston-based public broadcaster’s board.
Burnes is a co-founder and partner at Charles River Ventures, one of the oldest early-stage venture capital firms in the United States. He is currently an advisor to the firm. Before launching Charles River Ventures in 1970, Burnes worked at the National Shawmut Bank of Boston. He has been on numerous public and private corporate boards. He is currently  a Trustee and former Chairman  of the Museum of Science,  chair of the Entrepreneur’s Foundation New England, vice chairman of the Sea Education Association and a director of the Boston Plan for Excellence working with the Boston Schools. He was previously on the Board of the Boston Foundation.
Burnes joined the WGBH Board of Trustees in 2010 and served as vice chair from 2013 until his election as chair.
“We are excited to have Rick continue his service to WGBH as Board Chair. He is a respected business leader and a champion of cultural and civic causes across the region, ” said WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott. “This is a time of major innovation and disruption in the world of media and how people access content seems to change daily. Rick understands the changes and is positioned to lead WGBH into the constantly evolving future.”
Burnes succeeds Amos Hostetter, who was elected Chairman Emeritus after stepping down from the chair position. Hostetter is currently chairman of Pilot House Associates, LLC, a Boston-based venture capital firm that invests in promising early stage technology companies. Previously, Hostetter co-founded Continental Cablevision and served as the company’s chairman and CEO. He is the founding member and chairman of CSPAN and Cable in the Classroom. Hostetter joined the WGBH Board of Trustees in 1995 and has served as chair since 2004. Prior to serving on the WGBH Board of Trustees, he served on the public broadcaster’s Board of Overseers from 1989 to 1995.
“For 25 years, Amos has been a devoted steward of WGBH. All of us who love public broadcasting in Boston owe Amos Hostetter a debt of gratitude for his service to WGBH and public media nationwide,” said Abbott. “We thank him for his leadership which has helped WGBH grow as a national and local content producer for television, radio and online.”
WGBH’s Board of Trustees provides guidance and governance of the foundation. It is comprised of both elected and institutional members who serve on a rotating basis due to their respective leadership of Boston-area educational and cultural institutions. WGBH’s Board of Trustees meets regularly at the WGBH studios in Brighton. The meetings are open to the public.
Attached Photo: (L-R) Rick Burnes, Chair of WGBH Board of Trustees; Jonathan C. Abbott, President & CEO of WGBH; Amos Hostetter, Chairman Emeritus of WGBH Board of Trustees. Photo Credit: WGBH.
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