Hall of Fame: John Taylor:: The Dean of Ultra HD
The year 2015 promises to be one where 4K Ultra HD makes an impressive mark on the consumer electronics industry, but it is John Taylor, the vice president of public affairs and communications for LG Electronics USA, who has been an integral part of Ultra HD’s nurturing and growth from the beginning. As the co-chairman of the CEA 4K Ultra HD Working Group, Taylor is considered the “dean” of industry public relations executives, and his expertise is valued across the board.
“For CEA, John has been a model volunteer leader, having served in a variety of positions including as a member of our Board of Industry Leaders and Chairman of CEA’s Communications Committee. In these positions, John is always an active leader, generously giving of his time, experience and creativity,” said Jeff Joseph, senior vice president of communications and strategic relationships at CEA.
Taylor’s influence in fostering high-quality and then high-definition TV spans a much larger arc than 4K Ultra HD; it extends to his beginnings in the industry. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill Graduate School of Journalism, and began his career as a newspaper reporter, and then, in 1981, Taylor joined the Zenith Electronics Corp. It was at Zenith in the 1980s and ’90s that Taylor began making waves in the industry with new product announcements, which included the first HDTVs, the first closed-caption TVs and the first TVs with electronic program guides. On a broader spectrum, Taylor was at the forefront of Zenith’s communications strategy—handling corporate matters such as plant openings and business acquisitions.
Once LG Electronics acquired Zenith in 1999, Taylor continued his career in the industry as LG’s most senior U.S. industry relations, government affairs and public relations executive. As part of this esteemed position, Taylor represents the company before the