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Genachowski Fills Senior Counsel Positions

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By Ryan Womack, Reporter-Researcher, BroadbandCensus.com

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2009 – Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachwoski announced on Wednesday new senior staff appointments FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities and Office of General Counsel as well as Media, Enforcement, and Wireline Competition Bureaus.

The OCBO Director will be Thomas Reed, Of Counsel at K&L Gates LLP. Mr Reed’s practice has specialized in regulatory issues affecting women and minority-owned businesses, and was also Legal Counsel to the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

A second K&L Gates attorney, Carolyn Williams, will join Reed as Senior Deputy Directory of OCBO.

Leadership Council on Civil Rights vice president Mark Lloyd will join the commission as Chief Diversity Officer, and also will hold the title of Associate General Counsel.

William Lake, most recently in the spotlight as head of the FCC’s DTV Task Force, will be Chief at the Media Bureau, assisted by Deputy Chiefs Robert Ratcliffe and Kris Monteith. Ratcliffe was previously Deputy Chief at the Enforcement Bureau, where he was head of media enforcement. Monteith previously served as Chief of the Enforcement Bureau and Deputy Bureau Chief for Outreach and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

Genachowski also announced he would appoint Suzanne Tetreault, current acting deputy chief Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, to be chief of the Enforcement Bureau.

And Genachowski reached out to Massachusetts to appoint Sharon Gillett, director of the Massachusetts Broadband Initiative, as the new head of the Wireline Competition Burueau.

“This extraordinarily talented senior staff has extensive experience in the private sector, the academy, and the public sector, including here at the FCC and in state government,” said Chairman Genachowski. “With their help, the agency will pursue policies that advance a vibrant media sector, unleash innovation and job creation, protect consumers, and promote competition.”

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