Michael K. Powell, chairman of the FCC from 2001 to 2005 and a member of the FCC for eight years, was appointed president and CEO of NCTA.
Powell currently is a senior advisor with Providence Equity Partners and honorary co-chair of Broadband for America. He begins his tenure at NCTA on April 25 and succeeds outgoing NCTA President and CEO Kyle McSlarrow, who recently was named president, Comcast/NBC Universal, Washington, D.C.
Powell was nominated as a member of the FCC by Bill Clinton and sworn in on Nov. 3, 1997. He was designated by George W. Bush as FCC chairman in January 2001, serving in that role until April 2005.
Prior to the FCC, Powell worked in the Department of Justice, the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers, and clerked for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before his legal career, Powell served as a policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense. His experience also includes military service as an armored cavalry officer in the United States Army.