Meredith Attwell Baker Named Chief Executive Officer of CTIA-The Wireless Association®

  Meredith Attwell Baker Named Chief Executive Officer of CTIA-The Wireless

Comcast-NBCUniversal Executive and Former FCC Commissioner to Replace the
Retiring Steve Largent

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Meredith Attwell Baker,
a veteran telecommunications executive and former commissioner of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), has been named President and Chief Executive
Officer of CTIA-The Wireless Association®, effective June 2, the association
announced today.

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Baker, who worked at CTIA early in her career, will replace Steve Largent, 59,
who announced his retirement last October. Largent has served as President and
CEO since November 2003.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to use my experience in both the
public and private sectors to help the vital and fast-growing wireless
communications industry," Baker said. "The wireless industry has grown
significantly over the past decade and now permeates every part of our lives
from education, and health care to energy and business. CTIA should be in the
center of discussions about how wireless is reshaping our economy, our society
and our culture. I look forward to continuing CTIA's long tradition of finding
bipartisan solutions to ensure adequate spectrum availability and
opportunities to unlock the next generation of investment and innovation."

"I plan to bring new ideas and new initiatives to the association that will
take it from good to great. We will recruit and keep the best and brightest
experts in spectrum and wireless communications," Baker added. "CTIA must be
the 'go to' organization on wireless issues for both industry and government."

Among the innovations that Baker said she plans to pursue:

  oPlace more emphasis on technical and engineering expertise related to
    spectrum and wireless technologies.
  oWork with commercial and government users to produce a viable five-year
    plan for the future of spectrum usage.
  oBegin to regularly assess how efficiently spectrum is being used.

"Meredith is a perfect fit to lead CTIA going forward given her vast
experience with the telecommunications industry. She is also widely respected
on both sides of the political aisle," said Dan Mead, chairman of CTIA and CEO
of Verizon Wireless. "She is a proven leader with boundless energy and fresh
ideas that can take our industry to the next level with both consumers and
government officials, in the U.S. and around the world."

He added: "We're excited to welcome her back to the association." From
1998-2000, Baker was a director of congressional affairs at CTIA.

"The industry has made significant progress over the last decade and I have
been proud to play a role," Largent said. "I wish Meredith the very best in
her new job. I know she'll be a great success."

Baker joins CTIA after serving for more than two years as senior vice
president of government affairs for Comcast-NBCUniversal in Washington, D.C.
Before that, as a nominee of President Obama, she was an FCC commissioner from
2009-2011. Prior to the FCC, Baker was Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce
for Communications and Information as well as the Acting Administrator of the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). President
George W. Bush named her Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce in 2007.

Baker, 45, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University
and a law degree from the University of Houston. She is a member of the Texas
State Bar. Baker and her family reside in McLean, Virginia.

The executive search was conducted by Korn/Ferry International.

CTIA-The Wireless Association® ( is an international organization
representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the
association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as
providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA
advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The
association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and
initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was
founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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