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Former FCC Chairman Powell Named as Cable Association Chief

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WASHINGTON, March 16, 2011 - The National Cable and Telecommunications Association named former Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Michael Powell, as its new president and CEO Tuesday.

President Bill Clinton appointed Powell to FCC in 1997 and he was later named Chairman of the Commission by President George W. Bush in January, 2001, a post he served until his resignation in 2005.

Powell later accepted a positions as senior advisor with Providence Equity Partners and as Honorary Co-Chair of Broadband for America.  He will replace outgoing president and CEO, Kyle McSlarrow, who has accepted the top post in the Washington, D.C. office of the newly-merged Comcast-NBC Universal.  Powell is set to begin at NCTA on April 25.

“Michael’s exemplary record of leadership, deep commitment to public service, and vast insight into public policy make him an ideal fit to lead our industry in Washington, D.C., as we address the regulatory challenges that lie ahead and continue to help policy makers understand cable’s commitment to jobs, investment, and innovation,” said Patrick J. Esser, Chair of the NCTA Board of Directors.


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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