Better Broadband Better Lives People Column: Tech Lobby, Wireless Board Changes

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WASHINGTON, October 30, 2009 - CTIA-The Wireless Association announced Friday that it has a newly elected board of director officers. AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph de la Vega will serve as CTIA’s chairman, Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse will act as vice chairman, Asurion CEO Bret Comolli as treasurer, Cellcom President and CEO Patrick Riordan as secretary and T-Mobile USA President and CEO Robert Dotson as chairman emeritus.

On The Lobby Front

Thomas Gann has been serving as the vice president of government relations at the antivirus and cyber security McAfee. And Intel has hired Republican Ryan Triplette and Democrat Peter Muller as directors of government relations. Triplette previously served as chief intellectual property counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and Muller recently served as director of government relations for the biotechnology firm Genentech. He also was the chief of staff for eight years for then-Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., who’s now undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.

In the section of this article included as premium content, the People Column includes information about new lobbyists for Qualcomm, Google, plus tech jobs that have recently opened and are waiting to be filled.

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[private_Premium Content][private_Free Trial]Greg Farmer is now heading the Washington, D.C., office of Qualcomm, Roll Call reported this week. Farmer currently works in government affairs with Nortel Networks. He has served as chief of staff to then-Rep. Buddy MacKay, D-Fla., and as undersecretary of Commerce in the Clinton administration. Meanwhile, the software firm Blackboard has hired Republican Erin Tario, formerly of the National Association of Home Builders, as a manager of government relations, the publication reported.

Also on the people front, Frannie Wellings, a former staffer to Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., is joining Google as a federal policy outreach manager and the White House has nominated Philip Coyle, III, of California, to be an associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tech Jobs Waiting To Be Filled

As of yet, Microsoft has not named its new big communications cheese in Washington, D.C. The person would be filling the shoes of Ginny Terzano who left to head the communications practice for the Dewey Square Group. Microsoft is also still listing a director of federal government affairs post with a focus on Senate Republicans. The person would be responsible for developing the company’s federal political, policy, and relationship goals related to intellectual property rights protection, electronic commerce, telecommunications, high-skilled immigration, trade, Internet safety, competition policy, education and workforce development.

Google has a number of Washington-based jobs it continues to advertise for including: Academic Relations Manager, Privacy Policy Counsel, Small Business Community Outreach Manager and a Policy Associate opening.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is still advertising a newly created position of vice president of government affairs that will be responsible for policy development and advocacy before the U.S., Latin America, and Canadian governments.

Meanwhile, is looking to hire a tech policy analyst/expert to cover digital content and commerce issues.

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Winter covered technology policy issues for five-and-a-half years as a reporter for the National Journal Group. She has worked for USA Today, the Washington Times, the Magazine Group, the State Department’s International Visitor’s Program, and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. She also taught English at a university in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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