National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Washington, selected former Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael K. Powell as its new CEO, effective April 25. He succeeds Kyle McSlarrow, who recently was named head of the DC office of Comcast/NBCUniversal.
Powell, who is the son of Colin Powell, currently is a sr. advisor at Providence Equity Partners and is honorary co-chairman of Broadband for America. He was nominated to the FCC by President Clinton in 1997 and served for eight years. President George W. Bush named him chairman in 2001 and he served until 2005. Before the FCC, Powell was chief of staff of the US Justice Dept.'s Antitrust Division.
He is a board member of the Mayo Clinic, Aspen Institute and America's Promise.
Powell graduated in 1985 from the College of William and Mary with a degree in government. He earned a JD from Georgetown U.
McSlarrow will leave NCTA March 31 to become president of Comcast/NBC Universal in the DC office. He announced his desire to join the private sector in November (see “McSlarrow to leave National Cable & Telecommunications Association,” 12/14).
McSlarrow has been NCTA CEO since March 2005. Before NCTA, he was deputy secretary of the US Energy Dept. and before that was government affairs VP for Grassroots.com. He was national chairman for the Quayle 2000 presidential campaign, and worked on the staffs of US Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-GA) and Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott.
He was a captain in the US Army, and served in the Secretary of the Army’s office as assistant to the general counsel of the Army.
Nels Olson of Korn Ferry International assisted in the searches that found Powell and earlier McSlarrow. Details: www.ncta.com.