Longtime ABC Television Network executive Preston Davis died Monday after an illness. He was 63. Davis retired as President of Broadcast Operations and Engineering for ABC in 2011, after a 35-year career with the network. He joined ABC in 1976 as an engineer in Washington, D.C. He later went on to become Vice President, Television Operations, East Coast, where he was responsible for studio and field operations, electronic news gathering, telecommunications and the RF Operations & Engineering Group. In 1993, Bob Iger promoted him to lead ABC’s Broadcast Operations & Engineering, making him the first African-American president of any division at ABC. Davis served in the U.S. Army as a specialist in communications technology and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Minority Interests in Media, Inc., which provides programs for bringing talented minority youth into the communications industry. He also served on the Board of Junior Achievement of New York and was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Museum of Television and Radio.
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