Former FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker Named President/CEO Of CTIA
April 24, 2014 at 4:40 AM (PT)
Former FCC Commissioner MEREDITH ATTWELL BAKER has been named President and CEO of CTIA -- THE WIRELESS ASSOCIATION, the trade group representing the wireless/mobile industry. BAKER, most recently SVP/Government Affairs at COMCAST-NBCUNIVERSAL, will start on JUNE 2nd, replacing the retiring former Congressman and NFL star STEVE LARGENT. She served as an FCC commissioner in 2009-2011 and was at CTIA as Director of Congressional Affairs in 1998-2000.
BAKER said, “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to use my experience in both the public and private sectors to help the vital and fast-growing wireless communications industry. The wireless industry has grown significantly over the past decade and now permeates every part of our lives from education, and health care to energy and business. CTIA should be in the center of discussions about how wireless is reshaping our economy, our society and our culture. I look forward to continuing CTIA’s long tradition of finding bipartisan solutions to ensure adequate spectrum availability and opportunities to unlock the next generation of investment and innovation.
“I plan to bring new ideas and new initiatives to the association that will take it from good to great. We will recruit and keep the best and brightest experts in spectrum and wireless communications. CTIA must be the ‘go to’ organization on wireless issues for both industry and government.”
CTIA Chairman and VERIZON WIRELESS CEO DAN MEAD said, “MEREDITH is a perfect fit to lead CTIA going forward given her vast experience with the telecommunications industry. She is also widely respected on both sides of the political aisle. She is a proven leader with boundless energy and fresh ideas that can take our industry to the next level with both consumers and government officials, in the U.S. and around the world. We’re excited to welcome her back to the association.”
LARGENT added, “The industry has made significant progress over the last decade and I have been proud to play a role. I wish MEREDITH the very best in her new job. I know she’ll be a great success.”