FCC Chairman retools staff for 2012


Eddie Lazarus is exiting his position as Chief of Staff for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at the end of the month, and Zachary Katz has now  been named as his successor. He’s being promoted from within, moving up from the Chief Counsel position. In the wake of the Katz move, three others are receiving promotions and one new hire is coming in.

Genachowski commented, “As I know from working closely with Zac on many important initiatives, he has exceptionally good judgment, tremendous aptitude, and the strong leadership qualities to serve as Chief of Staff. The agency is fortunate to have an extraordinarily accomplished senior team to lead an ambitious policy agenda as we start the new year. Building on the successes of the past few years, this team will be focused on unleashing the benefits of broadband, driving economic growth, and opportunity for all Americans.”

* Sherrese Smith, currently Senior Counsel and Legal Advisor, will become Chief Counsel and Senior Legal Advisor.

* Josh Gottheimer will expand his responsibilities as Senior Counselor to the Chairman

* Amy Levine, currently Special Counsel and Legal Advisor, will become Senior Counsel and Legal Advisor.

* Michael Steffen will join the Chairman’s office as Legal Advisor to the Chairman

Of the quintet, Smith is the one with broadcast responsibilities. She is said to have “…advisory responsibilities on all media, consumer protection, and enforcement issues” and the lead FCC official in the Cumulus-Citadel merger review conducted in conjunction with DOJ.