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Comcast Announces Retirement of Joe Waz

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WASHINGTON, March 24, 2011 - Comcast announced the retirement Wednesday of its long-time senior vice president of external affairs and public policy counsel, Joe Waz.

The departure comes as the company restructures its Washington office in the wake of the Comcast-NBC Universal merger, which was completed earlier in the year.  As part of that shakeup, Comcast recently announced the addition of National Cable & Telecommunications Association President and CEO, Kyle McSlarrow, as incoming head of the company's Washington office.

Waz, a graduate of Boston University and the University of Connecticut School of Law, began his tenure at Comcast more than 16 years ago.

Fellow Boston University alum and president of Public Knowledge, Gigi Sohn, issued a statement on Waz' departure, saying, "Joe had an exemplary full-time career, starting with the Telecommunications Research and Action Center, a Ralph Nader group, and continuing through his consulting work and position with Comcast. I enjoyed working with him, even though we may disagree on issues from time to time and always believed he was an honest broker of ideas."

Following his departure from Comcast, Wax will join the Broadband Internet Technology Advisory Group as chairman and the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship as a senior fellow.  His departure will become effective April 30.

Jonathan began his career as a journalist before turning his focus to law and policy. He is an attorney licensed in Texas and the District of Columbia and has worked previously as a political reporter, in political campaign communications and on Capitol Hill. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Washington and a J.D. from Villanova Law School, where he focused his studies on Internet and intellectual property law and policy. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he roots for Seattle sports teams and plays guitar in his free time.

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