Hugh Forrest

Hugh Forrest

Co-President & Chief Programming Officer @ SXSW

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW), where he's worked since 1989. This event brings together more than 50,000 industry creatives from across the United States and around the world. These creatives are inspired by nine days of panels, presentations, brainstorming, networking, deal-making, socializing, creating, innovating, and fun.

Forrest was named “Austinite of the Year” in 2012 by the Austin, TX Chamber of Commerce. 

In addition to his work at SXSW, he has previously served on of the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is currently also part of the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity, as well as a trustee for the Austin Awesome Foundation.