PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association announced today the appointment of Jonathan S. Adelstein as its new President & Chief Executive Officer.
Adelstein comes to PCIA after serving as the 17th Administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, a position for which he was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July, 2009. He previously served as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission from 2002 to 2009. He has also held a number of senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate. Adelstein will assume the role of PCIA President & CEO on September 17.
“Jonathan possesses the leadership ability, industry knowledge and policy experience to lead PCIA for the future,” said Marc Ganzi, CEO of Global Tower Partners and chairman of the PCIA Board of Directors. “PCIA continues to grow and ably represent the rapidly evolving wireless infrastructure industry. Our next great challenge is to address the wireless data crunch. We will aggressively pursue policies that reduce barriers to network deployment, increase spectrum efficiencies and expand wireless infrastructure.”
Adelstein has been a long-standing advocate for wireless services and policies that improve access to and promote broadband deployment—issues that are key to economic prosperity, public safety and improving lives in an increasingly mobile world.
“I’m thrilled to begin this new chapter in the private sector with a strong organization that has done so much to help an industry that is improving the American economy and quality of life,” said Adelstein. “It’s the ideal opportunity for me to continue my efforts to maximize wireless broadband everywhere, and to facilitate industry efforts to deploy urgently needed infrastructure to meet the exploding demand for wireless data.”
Adelstein received an M.A. in History and a B.A. with Distinction in Political Science from Stanford University and is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. He replaces the resigning Michael T. N. Fitch, who has served as president and CEO since 2005 and is returning to Los Angeles where his family resides.
PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association is the trade association representing the companies that make up the wireless telecommunications infrastructure industry. Our members include the carriers, infrastructure providers and professional services firms that own and manage more than 125,000 telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Visit us at www.pcia.com.