William (Bill) Roedy is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV networks International (MTVNI). Prior to joining MTVNI, he was a Vice President at HBO for 10 years. A decorated combat veteran in the Vietnam War, Mr Roedy switched to a career in broadcasting, and has become increasingly active in a wide range of corporate social responsibility issues, in particular those involving the health of young people.
Mr Roedy has been instrumental in MTV’s award-winning efforts to promote HIV/AIDS education, and in 1998, was named Ambassador for UNAIDS. He has addressed the UN General Assembly on several occasions on the subject of the AIDS pandemic. In 2005, the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed him founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee.
From 1999 to 2002, he served as chair of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, of which he was a founder member. He currently serves as chairman of the Staying Alive Foundation, an organisation which provides young people with resources to fight AIDS at the grassroots level. He continues to engage in global health endeavours, working with UN organisations, as well as the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), Global Business Coalition (GBC), Global Health Corps (GHC), Fitzmi, Zumba, Ping4, Lionsgate, Hawn Foundation and Clearvue (Shanghai).
Mr Roedy has an MBA from Harvard (USA). His numerous awards include: the international Emmy Founder Award; two honorary doctorate degrees; amfAR’s Award of Courage; Doctors of the World Leadership Award; and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award. Mr Roedy was inducted as one of the “Pioneers” of the cable industry and most recently into the Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2015.