Andy Wright has been named president of the Satellite Broadcasting &
Communications Association, taking over the direct-broadcast satellite trade
group at a time when its two largest members are seeking to merge.
Wright, a former aide to Rep. Rich Boucher (D-Va.), was the SBCA's general
counsel when he was named acting president in August after the resignation of
former president Charles Hewitt.
Wright's selection was announced Monday by the seven-person search committee
appointed by the SBCA's board of directors.
'After careful review, the search committee has concluded that Andy Wright is
best suited to provide new leadership for the SBCA as the association works on
behalf [of] the consumer satellite-services industry and its customers,' SBCA
chairman Stan Kozlowski said in a prepared statement that did not include
Wright's contract terms.
Wright -- a lawyer with a degree from the University of Virginia in 1978 --
joined the SBCA in 1998. Prior to that, he was Boucher's chief of staff and
'I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this great association,' said
Wright, 49, in a prepared statement. 'The SBCA represents an industry that
offers products and services that consumers want and that provide both superior
service and real choice and competition.'
Wright takes over at the SBCA less than two months after EchoStar
Communications Corp. announced its merger with DirecTV Inc. to form the nation's
largest pay TV provider, with at least 14.9 million subscribers.
The DBS merger requires federal regulatory approval.