*Former FCC chairman Michael K. Powell has just been named the new president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
The son of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who ran the FCC from 2001until 2005, replaces Kyle McSlarrow, whose departure was announced last week.
“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,” said Patrick Esser, chair of the NCTA board and president, Cox Communications. “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.”
Most recently, Powell has been a senior advisor at Providence Equity Partners, a private equity firm with a specialty in media.
He begins his tenure at NCTA on April 25.
“Cable is a dynamic and highly innovative industry, providing cutting edge services and content that Americans love,” Powell said in a statement. “The broadband platform the industry has deployed is a critical part of the infrastructure needed to realize our national ambition to be a great nation in the Information Age.”