FCC Chairman Announces Staff Changes

Holly Saurer becomes legal adviser, working primarily on international and consumer affairs issues, while of Diane Cornell moves to the International Bureau.


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today announced the appointment of Holly Saurer as legal adviser, and the transition of Diane Cornell to a role in the FCC’s International Bureau. Starting today, Saurer will work primarily on international and consumer affairs issues.

“Holly has a wealth of experience in communications law and policy, both inside and outside of the commission,” said Wheeler. “She has provided invaluable expertise not only for the Media Bureau but for two of my fellow commissioners. I am very pleased that she is joining my office as a legal advisor.”

Saurer served in various positions in the Media Bureau, including as associate bureau chief, senior legal adviser to the bureau chief and attorney-advisor with the bureau’s policy division. She has also served as an acting adviser for FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn. Prior to joining the FCC, she worked at the Washington offices of Drinker Biddle & Reath and Miller & Van Eaton. 

Cornell will join the International Bureau where she will continue to advance the commission’s international priorities, and will serve as special adviser to the chairman.  She has served as a key legal and policy adviser to the chairman since he joined the commission, working on process reform, international communications policy and consumer affairs.

Cornell has previously served as a legal adviser to three commissioners; held leadership positions in the Wireless, International and Common Carrier Bureaus; and served as president of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

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