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FirstNet leadership shuffle

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth will be heading to the private sector at the end of September. The FirstNet board will select a new CEO in coordination with the Department of Commerce, and in the interim, the department and the board will appoint an acting CEO.

Current board member Edward Horowitz has been named chair for a two-year term.

FirstNet's mission is to build, deploy and operation and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network that will provide high-speed interoperable communications and applications for public safety agencies and first responders.

With Horowitz’s reappointment, there are six seats still to fill on the FirstNet Board. To ensure continuity and a quorum for the Board, three members whose terms expired last month – Neil E. Cox, Kevin McGinnis and Annise D. Parker – have agreed to extend their terms, National Telecommunications and Information Administration officials said.

Poth, a former police captain and tech executive, was appointed CEO in August 2015. He led the effort that resulted in all 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia accepting FirstNet’s plans to design and build a nationwide broadband network for the public safety community.

Posted by GCN Staff on Sep 06, 2018 at 10:34 AM


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