WASHINGTON – CTIA-The Wireless Association® announced several new staff positions, effective today, in The Wireless Foundation and as well as CTIA’s External and State Affairs and Wireless Internet Development departments.
Athena Polydorou has been appointed Executive Director of The Wireless Foundation. The mission of The Wireless Foundation is to highlight wireless technology’s role in enhancing America’s communities. Its programs foster wireless safety and responsible use, educate children, parents and teachers on the benefits of wireless technologies and use connected health to promote healthy babies, mothers and communities. Formerly a director in CTIA’s Wireless Internet Development department, Athena was responsible for its privacy and connected health initiatives.
The new Wireless Internet Development director is Jackie McCarthy, who will be responsible for continuing the department’s work in privacy, mobile financial services and connected health, as well as overseeing action teams working on solutions to specific industry issues. Jackie previously was the director of state regulatory affairs in CTIA’s External and State Affairs department.
In the External and State Affairs department, Matthew Gerst has been promoted from counsel to director. Matt will continue to lead the association’s efforts before state regulators and other state public policymakers and officials on a variety of policy matters, including universal service, wireless network deployment and resiliency and consumer protection and outreach to the accessibility and disability, public safety and online safety communities.
“I am pleased that Athena, Jackie and Matt will continue to serve the wireless industry and our members in their new roles. They have the expertise to advance the vital role the U.S. wireless industry plays in the economy and in benefitting consumers,” said Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA and President of The Wireless Foundation.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) 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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