John Lawson

Executive Director, AWARN Alliance

John Lawson serves as Executive Director of the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) Alliance, an international coalition of broadcasting, consumer electronics, and professional tech companies that is leveraging Next Gen TV (ATSC 3.0) to develop the world’s most advanced emergency alerting system. He’s also President of Convergence Services, Inc, a consulting firm focused on spectrum, resilience, and Next Gen TV business models. John was one of four signatories to the original Joint Petition that led to FCC approval of ATSC 3.0 in November 2017. John currently serves on FEMA’s National Advisory Council IPAWS Subcommittee and graduated from FEMA’s Emergency Management Executive Academy in 2018. An expert panelist at the White House Earthquake Resilience Summit in 2016, John also has served on three FCC homeland security advisory committees. John began his work on advanced alerting while CEO of the Association of Public Television Stations during the 9/11 attacks. He was Executive VP of ION Media Networks and Executive Director of the Mobile500 Alliance. Board service includes the National Association of Broadcasters, the Open Mobile Video Coalition, and Senior Warden of Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He received the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers Award from CES in 2008 and the Individual Technology Leadership Award from TV of Tomorrow in 2018. John earned BA and MA degrees in International Studies at the University of South Carolina.

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