Bob Meli is Director for Video Engineering in the Corporate Communications Department at Johnson & Johnson Corporate Headquarters. Johnson & Johnson has 230 subsidiary companies with operations in over 57 countries. Its products are sold in over 175 countries. On the origination side, he is responsible for the technology in the TV studio facility comprised of a studio, remote location equipment, four editing rooms, audio production suit, and graphics production stations. Media dissemination includes the campus bidirectional RF distribution system, Internet and intranet, videoconferencing, audio bridging, fiber, and satellite distribution. He is also responsible for presentation facilities used by senior management; these include the corporate boardroom, corporate conference center, executive committee conference room, and corporate cafeteria AV systems. He and his technical team support venues such as the J&J Annual Shareholders meeting, earnings releases, Investor Relations presentations for financial analysts, management conferences, executive committee meetings, large sales meetings for operating companies, health care and medical conventions, and philanthropic endeavors.
As head of engineering, Bob’s group designs, builds and maintains the facilities on the corporate campus. To assure compatibility throughout the corporation, he consults with J&J operating companies on AV/TV/graphics systems designs and operations. His small group relies heavily on outside service for design, production operations support, location origination, satellite transmission, staging, Webcasting, graphics production. He also partners with Johnson & Johnson’s Network and Computer Services group for media dissemination to the desktop.
Bob was the technologist of the three-person team that initiated videoconferencing for Johnson & Johnson between 1988 and 1994. After graduating form City University of New York, Bob spent two years with RCA Global Communications working on the first on-line commercial computer message switching system. He then spent 17 years in multimedia/TV positions at the College of Staten Island and Essex County College in New Jersey before joining J&J.