WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) named Josh Gottheimer as senior counselor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, starting in mid-July.
Gottheimer is EVP and chair of the US issues and crisis and media practices at Burson-Marsteller. He started at the firm in 2006.
His role at the FCC is to provide the chairman with counsel on policy, strategy, and legal issues, as well as have oversight for legislative, communications, inter-government affairs, and public liaison. Specifically, the FCC noted that Gottheimer's scope of work will include the implementation of the National Broadband Plan. He will replace Colin Crowell, who the agency said recently departed.
Burson-Marsteller said MD Jano Cabrera was named acting director of the US issues and crisis group. Ainsley Perrien, who was hired as deputy practice chair of the US media practice in April, was named acting director of US media practice.
Gottheimer's other responsibilities for the firm will be dispersed among senior leaders. No decision has been made to hire a replacement. His previous positions were at Ford Motor Company and the Clinton Administration.