Robert T. Coonrod
President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert T. Coonrod is InterMedia’s President and CEO. He joined the company in 2010 from Meridian International Center in Washington DC, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Coonrod serves on the Boards of the Public Diplomacy Council and Americans for Informed Democracy. He is a former member of the Defense Science Board Taskforce on Strategic Communication.
Coonrod spent seven years as President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Congressionally-chartered not-for-profit corporation that provides financial support for U.S. public media, including our nation’s 1,000 public radio and TV stations. Before joining public broadcasting, Coonrod was Deputy Director of the Voice of America. As a career Foreign Service Officer, he held several senior positions at the United States Information Agency in Washington and was posted in both in Italy and Yugoslavia. Coonrod is a graduate of Fordham University. He studied Italian, Slovene and Arabic and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Gerry Power
Chief Operating Officer of InterMedia Research and Consulting Europe
Gerry was appointed Managing Director of the London offices of InterMedia. in July 2010. Prior to joining InterMedia, Power served as Director of Research and Learning at the BBC World Service Trust, working across radio, television, internet and mobile platforms. His global team delivered research in more than 40 countries. Under his stewardship, the Trust’s research team received the 2009 Global Reith Award for Professional Services from the Global News Division at the BBC. From 1996 to 2003, Gerry directed strategic consulting and research teams for Frank N. Magid Associates in New York and London. He has served on the faculty at the University of Texas, the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and as an associate faculty member in the Department of Media and Communication at the London School of Economics. In 2010, Gerry was awarded the Communication Research as Collaborative Practice Award by the International Communication Association.
His work has appeared in the International Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication Inquiry and the Journal of Health Communication. He is co-editor with Theresa Byrd of U.S. Mexico Border Health: Implications for Regional and Migrant Populations and of Drama for Development: Cultural Translation and Social Change co-edited with Andrew Skuse and Marie Gillespie to be published by SAGE India in 2011. Gerry holds a PhD (Communication Theory and Research) and an MA (Communication Management) from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
Chief Operating Officer
Susan is responsible for overall company management, strategic planning and development. As one of the founding members of InterMedia, she has been instrumental in expanding the geographic scope, methodological approaches and strategic application of the company’s research and evaluation expertise in international communications. She has more than 15 years’ experience in directing international qualitative and evaluative research that has helped clients shape their programs, target their messages and measure their effectiveness in increasingly complex and competitive media environments around the world.
She has worked with diverse clients such as the BBC, Deutsche Welle, U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, International Monetary Fund, UNICEF, Sesame Workshop, USAID and U.S. Department of State. Susan holds an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University, where she focused on media in communist societies. She is fluent in Russian and Italian.
Director of Research
Tim became InterMedia’s research director in June 2011. He focuses on fostering business opportunities with new and existing clients, developing new products and services, and creating a culture of innovation within the company. He also guides methodological and practical aspects of InterMedia’s research work to ensure that it adheres to the highest professional standards.
Previously, Tim was a senior research manager with the BBC World Service Trust’s Research and Learning Group, where he oversaw operations of a 50-strong international research team based in 17 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the UK. He has also played central roles in the Trust’s business development activities, notably the growth of its mobile communications and convergence research activities. Regionally, Cooper has particular expertise in South Asian and Southeast Asian countries. Tim holds a Bsc in applied psychology and sociology from the University of Surrey.
Chief of Staff
Denise’s responsibilities at InterMedia include business development, project management, development of qualitative initiatives and training. Her skills include concept and proposal design, project management, analysis, insight generation and preparation and presentation of findings. Denise is also project director of a large scale multi-country study on media behavior and attitudes. She joined InterMedia in November 2005 with 12 years’ commercial market experience, having worked in the market research industry (for both agency and client) and specializing in qualitative and quantitative projects across all sectors.
Denise’s previous appointments include Consumer Planning Manager (Guinness), Diageo Ireland and Associate Director, Millward Brown, Ireland. She also has more than six years’ experience in international trade & exports. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and market research. She holds an advanced degree in International Law, Marketing and Distribution. Denise speaks French and Gaelic.
Director of Foundation Relations
Peter currently oversees and develops relationships with InterMedia’s clients and partners in the philanthropy sector. He is also active in managing the company’s expanding research activities in the field of financial access and mobile money. Previously, Peter was in charge of communications and created AudienceScapes (www.audiencescapes.org), the InterMedia knowledge center for the global development field funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also ran the AudienceScapes research program in Africa focusing on how citizens access and use media and communication technologies.
Prior to joining InterMedia, Peter was senior editor for global and economic news at U.S. publishing house Kiplinger. Before that he spent 12 years in Europe working for Dow Jones & Co., including stints as the news editor for EMEA (Europe-Middle East-Africa) region at WSJ.com, the online Wall Street Journal; and chief European Union correspondent for the global Dow Jones Newswires. Peter holds a Masters Degree in African studies from Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelors Degree in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is fluent in French.
Richard R. Garza
Director of Finance & Administration
Rick oversees InterMedia’s financial operations and administrative management. He came to InterMedia in February 2012 with more than 20 years of experience in senior management positions with global companies such as Internews Network, Pact Inc., and the Education Development Center. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.