Rick Feldman Stepping Down as NATPE President and CEO

Rick Feldman, president and CEO of NATPE for the past nine years, will consult for the organization

Rick Feldman, NATPE's president and CEO for the past nine years, will step down when his contact expires April 30, and become a consultant for the organization, NATPE's co-chairmen said Tuesday.

NATPE is formerly known as the National Association of Television Program Executives.

Feldman had long planned to switch from being the organization's president and CEO to being a consultant. He will be a consultant for three years.

NATPE has retained the executive recruiting firm Korn Ferry to find a new CEO. Feldman will assist with the transition.

"We deeply appreciate the contributions Rick has made to NATPE including his work most recently on our very successful Miami Conference, which grew in all key categories for the second year in a row," Jordan Levin, NATPE's co-chair, said in a statement.

"Our goal now is to find an individual who can oversee the proposed plans we have for our 50th anniversary celebration and can help implement the ideas we have discussed to grow NATPE and solidify its position as the premier content association in the world across all platforms, both traditional and emerging," the other co-chair, Chris Grant, said.