March 24, 2005
John O. (Dubby) Wynne elected to CW's Board of Trustees
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees welcomes John O. (Dubby) Wynne, retired president and chief executive officer of Norfolk-based Landmark Communications Inc., as its newest member.
“Dubby Wynne is one of Virginia’s most distinguished citizens and it is an honor to welcome him as the newest member of Colonial Williamsburg’s Board of Trustees,” said Colonial Williamsburg Chairman Colin G. Campbell.
“Dubby is well known for helping to revolutionize the cable television industry. However, through his extensive volunteer leadership work, he also has played a critical role as a steward of some of the Commonwealth’s preeminent educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations and business coalitions. His experience, energy and passion for history will serve Colonial Williamsburg well in the years ahead.”
Wynne, who currently serves on Landmark’s board of directors, spent nearly 30 years employed in various leadership capacities with the company, beginning in 1974 when he joined Landmark as corporate secretary. He later went on to become president of Landmark Communications’ broadcast group, where he was responsible for new business ventures.
One of those was The Weather Channel, which he helped found in 1981. From 1990 to 1993, Wynne was the chief operating officer of Landmark. He served as the company’s president and chief executive officer from 1993 until his retirement from Landmark in 2001. He also was chairman of The Weather Channel at the time of his retirement.
A graduate of Princeton University, Wynne is a charter trustee of Princeton, a member of the board’s executive committee and chairman of Princeton’s academic affairs committee. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and serves as a member of the University’s board of visitors. His many civic and professional affiliations also include chairman of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company; member and former co-chairman of the Hampton Roads Partnership; trustee and treasurer of The Norfolk Foundation; and vice chairman of the Council on Virginia’s Future.
Past affiliations include chairman of the executive committee of the Virginia Business Council; member of the executive committee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges; member of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia; vice chair of the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters; and president of Junior Achievement of Tidewater.
A former board member of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and chairman of the National Satellite Programmers Group, Wynne received the Vanguard Award for Programmers from the NCTA in 1997. Additionally, he received the Governor’s Award from the National Academy of Cable Programming, which cited his “leadership and insight in making The Weather Channel the preeminent provider of weather information, and one of the most innovative and popular networks on television.”
A native of Norfolk, Wynne resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Susan.