The FCC chairman announces multiple appointments, including new Media Bureau Chief William Lake, the former head of the commission’s DTV Task Force.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced key senior agency staff including new chiefs of the Media and Wireline Competition Bureaus as well as positions in the Enforcement Bureau, Office of Communications Business Opportunities and Office of the General Counsel.
The new bureau chiefs are William Lake, Media; Sharon Gillett, Wireline Competition. Other appointments include Media Bureau Deputy Chiefs Robert Ratcliffe and Kris Monteith; Enforcement Bureau Deputy Chief Suzanne Tetreault; OCBO Director Thomas Reed, OCBO Senior Deputy Director Carolyn Fleming-Williams and Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd.
“This extraordinarily talented senior staff has extensive experience in the private sector, the academy, and the public sector, including here at the FCC and in state government,” said Genachowski. “With their help, the agency will pursue policies that advance a vibrant media sector, unleash innovation and job creation, protect consumers, and promote competition.”
William Lake, chief, Media Bureau most recently was the head of the FCC’s DTV Task Force. Previously, he was a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, where he led the communications regulatory practice for many years. In government, Lake has previously held positions at the Department of State, EPA and the Council on Environmental Quality.
Robert Ratcliffe, deputy chief, Media Bureau most recently was the acting chief of the Media Bureau. Previously, he was a deputy chief of the Enforcement Bureau, where he was responsible for media enforcement matters. Prior to his assignment to the Enforcement Bureau, Ratcliffe spent more than 20 years in various positions in the Media Bureau and its predecessors, including deputy chief of the bureau, senior legal adviser to the bureau chief and assistant chief of the Video Services Division and the Policy and Rules Division. Ratcliffe began his career at the FCC in the original Cable Television Bureau, where he served as chief of the Policy Review and Development Division and the Research Division before the bureau was combined with the Broadcast Bureau in the early 1980s.
Kris Monteith, deputy chief, Media Bureau, has been at the FCC for 12 years, most recently as chief of the Enforcement Bureau and deputy bureau chief for outreach and intergovernmental affairs in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. She previously was chief of the Policy Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, deputy chief of the former Common Carrier Bureau’s Competitive Pricing Division, the designated federal official to the North American Numbering Council and a senior attorney in the then-Common Carrier Bureau’s Network Services Division. Before joining the commission in 1997, Monteith was in private practice with the law firms of McDermott, Will & Emery and Keller & Heckman. Her appointment will become effective Aug. 10.
Suzanne Tetreault, deputy chief, Enforcement Bureau, is currently serving as acting deputy chief of the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, overseeing the work of the Disabilities Rights Office and Consumer Policy Division. Since 1991, Tetreault has held a variety of positions at the commission, including chief of staff of the Enforcement Bureau, acting chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and deputy associate general counsel. Prior to joining the FCC, she worked at the Federal Trade Commission and practiced antitrust and communications law with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. Tetreault will serve as acting chief beginning Aug. 10.
Sharon Gillett, chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, is the director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and previously served as the head of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable. She was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1995 to 2006, where she engaged in academic research, program management and teaching focused on Internet and telecommunications policy and technology, with a particular focus on broadband. Before joining MIT, Gillett was a software engineer and manager at Thinking Machines Corp. and BBN Communications Corp., where she worked on ARPANET computer networking technology. She will become chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau on Aug. 28.
Thomas Reed, OCBO director, most recently was of counsel at K&L Gates LLP in Washington, where his practice focused on a broad range of issues including commercial litigation, corporate governance, investment management and civil rights. At K&L, he specialized in regulatory issues affecting women and minority-owned businesses. He has also served as legal counsel to the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Before joining K&L, Reed was a senior trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Carolyn Fleming-Williams, OCBO senior deputy director, most recently was director of the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities. During her 15-year tenure with the commission, she has also been a senior attorney-adviser with the Media Bureau. Prior to joining the FCCommission, Fleming-Williams was corporate counsel with the COMSAT. She was also an associate attorney with the law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, now K&L Gates LLP. Prior to joining K&L, she was an honors attorney with the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Mark Lloyd, associate general counsel and chief diversity officer, was most recently the vice president for strategic initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/Education Fund, where he oversaw media and telecom initiatives. He also has been an adjunct professor of public policy at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute and a visiting scholar at MIT, teaching communications policy. Previously Lloyd has been a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, the general counsel of the Benton Foundation and an attorney at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson. Before becoming a communications lawyer, Lloyd was a broadcast journalist, working at NBC and CNN.