The Federal Communications Commission has named the outside exec it is bringing in to manage its vetting of the Comcast/NBCU merger review.
It is John Flynn, who has been EVP of ICO Global Communications, as a wireless broadband executive, and an attorney, formerly with Wilmer Hale.
Flynn's official title is senior counsel to the chairman for transactions. He will head up the team reviewing the merger, with the input of an inter-bureau steering committee.
According to his bio on the ICO Web site, Flynn was counsel to Wilmer Hale from July 2003 to April 2006, with a focus on intellectual property and communications law. His credits also include managing the legal deparment of software company Commerce One, and vice president of government affairs for Star Broadband.
"I am delighted that John has joined our team to help drive the agency's review of this major proposed transaction," said FCC chairman Julius Genachowski in a statement. "The FCC staff has been working hard to analyze all issues presented by the proposed merger, and John's legal expertise and broad experience will help to ensure that the Commission's review is thorough, fair, and efficient."
He is also a former clerk to two Supreme Court Justices, Byron White and John Paul Stevens.