Pai Names FCC Bureau, Office Chiefs

Julius Knapp, Gary Epstein remain in top posts
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New FCC chairman Ajit Pai has named new bureau chiefs and heads of various FCC offices, and revealed those who will remain in their current posts, including engineering guru Julius Knapp and Incentive Auction Task Force chief Gary Epstein.

Longtime Media Bureau chief Bill Lake will be leaving at the end of the month. Succeeding him in an acting capacity is Michelle Carey, who has been deputy bureau chief.

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Michael Carowitz, who has been deputy chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, was named acting chief of the Enforcement Bureau, which had been headed by Travis LeBlanc.

Acting chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is Lisa Fowlkes, who has been acting deputy chief of the Enforcement Bureau.

Nese Guendelsberger becomes acting chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She has been deputy chief of the International Bureau.

Chris Monteith, who had been deputy chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, will be acting chief.

Tom Sullivan becomes acting chief of the International Bureau. He had been associate chief and chief of staff of the International Bureau.

Wayne Leighton has been named acting director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis. He had been senior economist in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

Timothy Strachan becomes acting director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, where he has been an attorney advisor since 2008.

Continuing in their current posts, in addition to Epstein and chief engineer Knapp (a 42-year agency vet), are Alison Kutler, chief of the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau; Mark Stephens, managing director; Sanford Williams, acting director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities; Mark Wigfield, acting director of the Office of Media Relations; and Larry Hudson, acting director of the Office of Workplace Diversity.

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