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It’s Official: Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell Gets Major Cable Job

Mar 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

It’s official: Michael Powell, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has been selected to run one of the cable industry’s most important organizations.

Powell has been selected as the new president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, reports B&C. Kyle McSlarrow left the NCTA post for Comcast in Washington.

According to B&C, "Powell will commence his NCTA presidency on April 25. Powell is presently the chairman of MKPowell Group and a senior advisor to Providence Equity Partners. His background includes sitting on the boards of AOL and Cisco and acting as an adjunct professor at Catholic University."

The story quotes Patrick J. Esser, chair of the NCTA Board of Directors and president, Cox Communications, who said of the new appointee, "Michael Powell is one of the most well respected and influential visionaries in all of telecommunications, and we’re so proud to have him join the cable team. 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."

In addition, the article reported, "FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell had also had been mentioned as a possible NCTA candidate. McDowell said of Powell, ‘Michael has always exhibited the best attributes of leadership. His intellect and vision will serve NCTA and its members well as the cable industry faces increasing competitive and regulatory challenges. I look forward to working with him in his new capacity.’"

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