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Pat Raker promoted to training and technology services SVP, American Association of Airport Executives, Alexandria, Va.
Chip Pickering to COMPTEL, Washington, as CEO, effective Jan. 2. He will succeed Jerry James, who has served as CEO for the past six and a half years. James plans to pursue new ventures in the telecom private sector. A Representative from Mississippi, Pickering served in Congress as a Republican from 1996 to 2008, when he decided not to run for reelection. He served on the House Energy & Commerce Committee,and was vice chairman from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the Telecommunications Subcommittee. He also was co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Wireless Caucus and an assistant minority whip of the House. Pickering is currently a partner with Capitol Resources, a public affairs and government relations firm based in Jackson, Miss. In this role, he has represented an array of telecom clients, including wireless, cable and competitive broadband providers, as well as nonprofits and companies specializing in education, energy, technology and defense. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity; and a master's degree at Baylor.