Rick Kaplan has been named chief counsel and senior legal advisor to Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski.
Kaplan replaces Bruce Gottlieb, who, according to sources, is leaving to become general counsel for Atlantic Media Group.
Kaplan has been chief of staff to FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn and before that was deputy coordinator of the DTV task force overseeing the transition to digital.
"Rick brings a wealth of experience and achievement to the Commission -- as an attorney, public servant, and successful entrepreneur," said Genachowski, who shares a similar resume of public service and private entperprise.
The chairman also gave a shout-out to Gottlieb: "I am grateful for his tireless efforts over the past year as my chief counsel, as well as during the eight months he took a leave of absence from the agency to manage my Senate confirmation process. Bruce will remain a trusted advisor and friend."
Kaplan is a former associate at law firm Sidley & Austin, a member of the office of the general counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives, and ran his own sports communications and management company from 1998 to 2005.
Gottlieb's departure follows that of another top advisor, Colin Crowell, senior counselor to the chairman, who exited last month.