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Former FCC commissioner joins DISH board; Harte Hanks director resigns

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a rundown of recent board changes in the U.S. technology, media and telecommunications industries.

* Martin Reidy on March 1 resigned as a member of Harte Hanks Inc.'s board. He had served as a director of the company since June 2018 and most recently served as a member of the Office of the CEO until the appointment of Timothy Breen as CEO. Reidy will continue to serve as head of the company's marketing services business unit. Reidy’s resignation as a director was not the result of any disagreement with the company, according to a March 13 SEC filing. The company's board appointed Evan Behrens as a director to fill the vacancy created by Reidy's resignation. Behrens serves as managing partner of investment firm B Capital Advisors LLC.

* Betsy Morgan and Trynka Shineman Blake were elected to TripAdvisor Inc.'s board of directors, the company said March 13. Blake also serves on the board of digital financial services company Ally Financial Inc. Morgan is the co-founder of Magnet Cos., a private-equity backed company focused on media and commerce.

* Kathleen Abernathy, a former commissioner at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, joined DISH Network Corp.'s board as an independent director. Abernathy will serve on the audit and executive compensation committees of the board, according to a March 11 SEC filing.

* Meredith Corp. appointed Christopher Roberts III a class II director, effective at its next board meeting May 7. Roberts will stand for election for a full two-year term expiring Nov. 10, 2021, at Meredith's annual shareholders meeting in November, the company said March 5. Also, the board extended Executive Chairman Stephen Lacy's term by one year to Nov. 10, 2020, as a class I director. Lacy will retire as executive chairman March 31 to become nonexecutive chairman of the board.

* 180 Degree Capital Corp. CEO Kevin Rendino has been named to Synacor Inc.'s board. He will work closely with Synacor CEO Himesh Bhise, other board members and the management team to accelerate and expand the company's revenue and profitability.

* VGTel Inc. tapped Mark Newbauer as its new chairman and CEO. Neil Fogel resigned as director and CFO to pursue his CPA practice and has agreed to serve as a consultant to help VGTel with general bookkeeping and accounting related services.

* DHI Group Inc. named Scipio Carnecchia and David Windley to its board. Carnecchia is CEO of Mitek Systems Inc., a software company specializing in digital identity verification and mobile capture, while Windley is CEO of IQTalent Partners LLC, a professional services firm focused on talent acquisition. Additionally, Chairman John Barter and Burton Goldfield, member of the audit committee, will not to stand for re-election at the company's 2019 annual meeting in May but will serve out the remainder of their terms until the annual meeting. Brian Schipper will become the new chairman at company's annual meeting after Barter completes his term.

* Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. will decrease the size of its board to eight members from nine members upon the retirement of James Zerkel II, effective April 16. Zerkel is retiring from the board pursuant to a provision in the bylaws that requires board members to retire at the end of their elected term if they reach the age of 72.

* Full Alliance Group Inc. CFO Rudy Kiste joined the company's board. Full Alliance Group is a holding company with various interests in technology, healthcare and nutraceuticals.