NAB Hires Gordon Smith’s Former Advisor as Chief Strategy Officer
WASHINGTON: NAB has added to its executive ranks with the hire of
Christopher Ornelas as executive vice president and chief strategy officer, a
Ornelas will join the trade association on May 10 and report to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.
Ornelas comes from the Washington offices of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck,
focusing his practice on telecommunications and technology policy. In this
role, Ornelas lobbied on behalf of wireline, cable, wireless and satellite
operators before the Federal Communications Commission, National
Telecommunications and Information Administration and Congress.
Smith and Ornelas previously worked together; Before he joined BHFS, Ornelas
was chief counsel on communications and technology policy in Smith's U.S.
Senate office, overseeing matters relating to communications, media,
entertainment and technology before the Senate Commerce Committee.
Ornelas's career also includes nearly a decade in the Washington offices of
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, where he represented broadcast clients on policy,
regulatory and transactional matters before the FCC. In this capacity Ornelas
licensed some of the first HD Radio stations in United States and helped
several broadcasters with regulatory matters surrounding the transition to
digital and high-definition television. --