Meredith Attwell Baker will join Comcast as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, NBCUniversal. Ms. Baker currently serves as a member of the Federal Communications Commission. Her current term at the Commission expires at the end of June 2011.
Kyle McSlarrow, President of Comcast/NBCUniversal for Washington, DC, said, "Commissioner Baker is one of the nation's leading authorities on communications policy and we're thrilled she's agreed to head the government relations operations for NBCUniversal. Meredith's executive branch and business experience along with her exceptional relationships in Washington bring Comcast and NBCUniversal the perfect combination of skills."
"I've been privileged to serve in government for the past seven years under President Obama at the FCC and President Bush at NTIA, I'm excited to embark on a new phase of my career with Comcast and NBCUniversal," said Ms. Baker.
Ms. Baker will be located in the Comcast/NBCUniversal government affairs office in Washington, DC. She will report to Kyle McSlarrow, and will work closely with Rick Cotton, NBCUniversal's Executive Vice President and General Counsel, who continues to set strategic policy direction for NBCUniversal. Bob Okun, NBCUniversal's longtime head of government affairs, announced last month he was leaving the company to open his own government affairs firm, the "O" team.
Rick Cotton said, "I've seen Meredith's mastery of issues up close as we've worked together on issues at the FCC and NTIA. She understands the issues both domestic and international facing Comcast and NBCUniversal and will be a great addition to our team as we build the new NBCUniversal for the digital future."
Ms. Baker has been a member of the FCC since July 2009. Prior to being nominated by President Obama to the Commission, Ms. Baker has served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under President George W. Bush. At NTIA, Ms. Baker advised and represented the Executive Branch on domestic and international telecommunications and information policy. Ms. Baker administered the key program which facilitated the nation's historic transition to digital television.
Before joining NTIA in 2004, Ms. Baker was Vice President at the firm of Williams Mullen Strategies where she focused on telecommunications, intellectual property and international trade issues. She has also held senior positions with Covad Communications and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association.
Ms. Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington & Lee University and a law degree from the University of Houston. She is a member of the Texas State Bar and worked at the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit in Houston and with the law firm of DeLange and Hudspeth, L.L.P.
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