Julie Veach to replace Sharon Gillett on FCC Wireline Competition Bureau

Sharon Gillett, chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau, has resigned her post to return to the Boston area, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced last Friday. Julie Veach, currently deputy general counsel in the Office of General Counsel, will step into Gillett’s shoes as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau starting June 30.

Sharon Gillett, chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau, has resigned her post to return to the Boston area, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced last Friday. Julie Veach, currently deputy general counsel in the Office of General Counsel, will step into Gillett’s shoes as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau starting June 30.

Prior to joining the FCC, Gillett served as the Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. Prior to that, she headed the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable.

“Sharon is one of a kind, and the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau could not have been in better hands over the past three years,” commented Genachowski. “She’s a strong leader, an innovative and data-driven thinker, and a highly effective manager. Her outstanding leadership, including on the once-in-a-generation overhaul of the Universal Service Fund and so many other important policies, have significantly helped our country, ensuring more Americans will have access to robust, affordable broadband and voice services. I wish her the very best in the next step of her career.”

Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel in 2009, Veach served as deputy chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. She also held a variety of other positions in the Wireline Competition Bureau. Before joining the FCC in 2001, Veach was an associate with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.

“Julie will bring her tremendous expertise in telecommunications law, thoughtful insight, and leadership to bear as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau,” Genachowski predicted. “I am very pleased that she will be leading the Bureau.”

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