About Bill Roedy
Bill Roedy is the former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International, where he and his team built from scratch a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands (including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) in 200 countries, reaching a potential audience of 2 billion people, launching the most channels in the history of television.
Prior to joining MTVNI, Roedy was a Vice President for HBO for ten years, and was inducted as one of the “Pioneers” of the U.S. cable industry, as well as being inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Earlier he was a career officer in the United States Army where he qualified as Airborne and Army Ranger with decorated combat service in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star, Air Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He then commanded nuclear missile bases in Italy as part of NATO, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal
In 1998 Mr. Roedy was named Ambassador for UNAIDS and he has addressed the UN General Assembly on several occasions regarding the pandemic. He was a founding member and chair of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS from 1998 to 2002, and later as Chair of the Advisory Board. In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee. In November 2010, he was appointed as the first ever Envoy for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI) by Mary Robinson, the GAVI Chair, joining the board in 2015 and chairing the subcommittee on independent governance.
Mr. Roedy is the founding Chairman of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, which provides young people with resources to fight the epidemic at the grass roots level, in combination with MTV’s award winning HIV/AIDS programming.
In addition to the above, he is active in a wide range of other Global Health initiatives, including the boards of amfAR, Fitzmi, The Hawn Foundation (Goldie Hawn) and Global Health Corps. His business roles include Zumba (Healthy Lifestyle), Mind Candy, Lionsgate, Ping4 (Mobile Alerts), DJZ, Xite and the private equity advisory boards of TowerBrook (NY/London) and ClearVue (Shanghai). His geopolitical initiatives include Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the United States Middle East Project (USMEP) and Seeds of Peace. He is also a Churchill Fellow, appointed by the Churchill National Museum.
His education roles include board membership with Westminster College, and the American School in London (ASL) where he co-chairs the Diversity Initiative, and advisory/board roles with Baruch College and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.
His awards include: Individual Business Leadership Award presented by US President Bill Clinton, the International Emmy Founder’s Award, amfAR’s Award of Courage, Doctors of the World Leadership Award and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award presented by UN Secretary General Ban–Ki-Moon. He has also given numerous commencement addresses with two honorary doctorate degrees.
In April 2017 he was inducted into the Association of Churchill Fellows by Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, noted artist and sculptor Edwina Sandys, M.B.E.
Roedy holds degrees of Bachelor of Science from West Point and an MBA from Harvard. He is one the Exec Producers of the film documentary “Battle of amfAR”, which premiered on HBO on World AIDS Day, December 1st 2013. He is also the author of ‘What Makes Business Rock’, one of CNBC’s Best Books of Summer 2011. Bill is currently working on a second book on the art of intelligent perseverance.