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Pat Griffis

SMPTE, Former President

Patrick Griffis is recently retired from Dolby as vice president of technology, standards, and industry engagement in the CTO Office, where he tracked key technical trends, as well as prioritization and execution of Dolby’s standards strategy.  He has been an advocate on next generation imaging and in particular, “better pixels” – a term he coined for High Dynamic Range plus Wide Color Gamut. Griffis also chaired the SMPTE ST 2084 drafting group which standardized the PQ curve.

Before Dolby, Griffis spent 10 years at Microsoft leading global digital media standards strategy, including standardization of Windows Media video technology as an international SMPTE standard.

Prior to Microsoft, he spent 15 years at Panasonic in senior management positions, including vice president of strategic product development at Panasonic Broadcast where he drove Panasonic’s HDTV strategy for the U.S. Griffis started his career at RCA in the Consumer Electronics division, earning eight patents in TV product design.

A SMPTE Fellow, Griffis is a past president of SMPTE, as well as the Ultra HD Forum. He also served two terms as president of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society and is a member of the IBC Council, an industry executive advisory group to the IBC Board. Griffis is a member of the Academy of Digital TV Pioneers and the California State University Entertainment Alliance Advisory Board, as well. He holds a BSEE degree from Tufts University and an MSEE from Purdue University.