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Genachowski Hires Up

WASHINGTON: FCC chief Julius Genachowski today announced the addition several senior staffers to the commission, including the top echelon of the Media Bureau.

William Lake will head the Media Bureau. He was most recently served as the head of the FCC’s DTV task force, and was previously a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where he led the communications regulatory practice. He’s also worked at the Department of State, EPA, and the Council on Environmental Quality; and once clerked for Justice John M. Harlan of the U.S Supreme Court and the Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Robert Ratcliffe becomes a deputy chief of the Media Bureau after serving as acting chief. He previously was deputy chief of the Enforcement Bureau, and before that, spent more than 20 years in various positions in the Media Bureau and its predecessors. He also served as interim legal advisor on media issues to former FCC Chairman Alfred Sikes in 1989. He started 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 also becomes a deputy chief of the Media Bureau, after 12 years with the commission. She was most recently chief of the Enforcement Bureau and deputy bureau chief for Outreach and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. She also served in the Wireless Bureau. Before joining the commission in 1997, she was in private practice with McDermott, Will & Emery and Keller and Heckman.

Suzanne Tetreault becomes deputy chief of the Enforcement Bureau. She’s currently acting deputy chief of the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau. Tetreault’s been at the agency since 1991.

Thomas Reed comes from K&L Gates LLP in Washington to become director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities.

Carolyn Fleming Williams becomes senior deputy director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities, where she had been a director.

Mark Lloyd becomes associate general counsel and chief diversity officer. He was most recently the vice president for Strategic Initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.