Comcast Increases Federal Government Affairs Team
Comcast Corporation today announced that Brian Kelly has been hired as Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs and James Coltharp has been promoted to Chief Policy Advisor, FCC and Regulatory Policy.
Brian will serve as one of Comcast's three senior lobbyists focused on Congress and the Administration, working with Vice President of Federal Affairs Kerry Knott, who joined Comcast earlier this year, and Coltharp. Kelly currently serves as Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations and Communications for the Electronics Industries Association (EIA). Previously, Kelly worked as Director of Government Relations for the Walt Disney Company and as Director of Government Relations at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
Comcast also today announced that James Coltharp has been promoted to Chief Policy Advisor, FCC and Regulatory Policy, from Senior Director of Public Policy. Coltharp, a six-year Comcast veteran, will continue to lead Comcast's interaction with the FCC.
Knott said, "Brian will play a critical role in helping us introduce the new Comcast to policymakers on the Hill and in the Administration. His experience at Disney, EIA and NAB has given him a thorough understanding of the issues we face. Comcast is both an entertainment company and a technology company, and Brian is a terrific fit to help us achieve our public policy goals. Brian knows virtually everyone in Washington, so it's easy to see why we're so excited to have him join us. Jim's promotion today reflects just how effective he is when it comes to making our voice heard in Washington's regulatory arena."
Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen added, "Brian Kelly brings a tremendous amount of industry experience and policy strategy to our team, and Jim Coltharp is a proven advocate for Comcast on matters before the FCC. These announcements represent the latest step in Comcast's commitment to build its Washington presence."
Dave McCurdy, EIA President, said, "Brian has done an outstanding job in strengthening EIA's public policy team. Those of us at EIA and our 2,500 member companies will miss both his political and personal skills. We wish him well in his new role at Comcast."
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