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Released: October 17, 2012

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October 17, 2012
Tammy Sun, 202-418-0505



Washington, D.C. – FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced that

Neil Grace

, who
previously served as the Chairman’s Press Secretary, will take on a new role as Senior Communications
Advisor to the FCC. In addition, Chairman Genachowski announced that

Justin Cole

will join the Office
of the Chairman as Press Secretary.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowki said

, “As press secretary, Neil has been essential to building and
delivering the news about our initiatives, working both within and beyond the Federal Communications
Commission to help drive our agenda to increase broadband access and adoption. His substantive counsel
has made him an invaluable leader at the agency.”

He continued

, “I am pleased to welcome Justin to our
incredibly talented and dedicated staff at the FCC. His leadership, expertise and insights will be
invaluable additions to our communications team as we continue our effort to unleash the opportunities of
broadband for all Americans.”

Tammy Sun, FCC Director of Communications said

, “I’m pleased by our progress to continue
building our communications department by promoting and recruiting talented and accomplished
professionals. I will continue to rely on Neil’s sharp counsel and good judgment in his new role. And I
look forward to working with Justin, whose impressive background and skill set will serve the Chairman
well as a spokesperson.”


Since joining the Commission, Grace has served as Press Secretary to the Chairman. In this role, he
served as chief spokesperson for the Chairman, building and driving external media relations across the
Chairman’s agenda and serving as resource across the agency. Before joining the FCC, Grace was
Director of Issues and Crisis Practice for Burson-Marsteller, managing media relations on behalf of
dozens of technology and telecommunications clients for the New York-based consulting firm. He led
media campaigns for corporations, associations and government agencies on a number of issues ranging
from intellectual property, international trade, automotive and energy and sustainability in the
marketplace. Mr. Grace graduated from Georgetown University.
Mr. Cole most recently served as the lead Corporate Communications Manager for Tata Communications
(America) Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing all corporate and external communications and
media relations for the company related to its telecommunications and Enterprise IT business lines. Prior
to joining Tata Communications (America) Inc., Mr. Cole served as a Deputy Editor for Fitch Ratings. In

this role, he worked with Fitch Ratings’ global analyst staff and oversaw the management and publication
of sovereign and institutional commentaries, reports and rating actions.
Before joining Fitch Ratings, Mr. Cole was a business and economics correspondent for Agence France-
Presse (AFP) in the news agency’s Washington, D.C. bureau. He also worked as a business and energy
journalist for Dow Jones & Company. Mr. Cole is a graduate in Comparative American Studies from The
University of Warwick, England.
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