One of the association’s chief Washington reps left last month. NAB won’t talk about it and sources are unclear why he left, but financial cutbacks were mentioned by one source. Wiley joined NAB in April 2006 to rebuild the government relations team.
Just short of three years on the job, Doug Wiley has quietly departed his top lobbying post at the NAB, according to Washington sources.
Wiley, who was not present at the NAB State Leadership Conference in Washington last week, left the association sometime last month, the sources say.
It was unclear why. One source cited belt tightening. At around the same time Wiley he left, five other employees were let go and five positions were eliminated.
NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton declined to discuss Wiley’s status as a matter of personnel policy. Wiley also declined to comment.
NAB President David Rehr hired Wiley in April 2006 to act as chief lobbyist and to rebuild the government relations team that was in disarray after the NAB board replaced longtime president Eddie Fritts with Rehr in late 2005 and key members of the Fritts team sought jobs elsewhere.
Last July, NAB carved out new duties for Wiley, putting him in charge of lobbying the administration and executive branch departments and agencies. He also helped out at the FCC.
At the same time, Laurie Knight, who had worked under Wiley in government relations, was promoted to executive vice president of the office and given full responsibility for Congressional lobbying.
As things now stand, Knight handles Congress and Jane Mago, another executive VP, handles the FCC.
Wiley joined NAB in May 2006 from the Electronics Industries Alliance, where he represented the likes of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Motorola in Washington.
He was, however, familiar with broadcasting and cable issues, having worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and on Capitol Hill as an aide to then-Representative Thomas Bliley, who was engaged on the issues as a prominent member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
Also, his father is Richard Wiley, a former FCC chairman and a prominent Washington lobbyist and FCC lawyer.