Along with the Chief Data of the Year award, the Club handed out the Chief Digital Officer of the Year award. The CDO Club awarded this year’s award to Chief Digital Officer of NPR Thomas Hjelm.
Thomas delivered a keynote session on “The United States of Public Radio” at the Club Summit in Washington D.C., recently.
Thomas Hjelm brings strong experience that spans 20 years in the field of new product development and engaging customers across digital platforms like radio, television, and film. Speaking on Thomas’ accomplishment, David Mathison said Thomas is a true visionary in his field and people regard him as a great leader who has contributed tremendously to digital transformation for media companies like AOL, NBC, and NPR. Mathison further added that Thomas successfully demonstrated his capability of being a mentor to his colleagues and is a respected personality in the industry across organizations.
On receiving the award, Thomas said he was honoured to receive the award and truly fortunate to be part of an amazing and talented team at NPR. He added that the digital transformation of radio has begun and one can expect tremendous changes in the industry. There will be new technologies and innovation taking place to bring about a paradigm shift in the public radio system and more audience engagement.
Thomas Hjelm has been with NPR since February 2011 and his key areas of responsibility were to lead the digital business and improve audience engagement. He was also responsible for new product development, business development, and marketing.
Hjelm received a B.A. in English from Swarthmore College and an M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Southern California.