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Julius Genachowski - Participant

In both the private sector and in government, Julius Genachowski has been recognized as a bold and accomplished leader in technology, media and telecommunications. 

During most of the Task Force deliberations, Genachowski was Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute and taught a joint course at Harvard Law and Business Schools.  He joined The Carlyle Group in January, 2014 as a Managing Director, where he will concentrate on global technology, media and telecommunications investments.

Genachowski served as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from June 2009 to May 2013, a period of unprecedented progress in the sector.  He focused the FCC on broadband, and successfully pursued policies to promote investment and innovation, foster competition, and empower consumers, including pioneering initiatives to extend broadband access, free up spectrum, and preserve Internet freedom.  His tenure saw a strengthening of America’s global competitiveness and renewed U.S. leadership in key broadband metrics, with record-setting private investment, significant increases in broadband speeds and accessibility, and unparalleled innovation in networks, devices and applications.  During his time as Chairman, the FCC was named the most improved agency in the federal government and one of Wired magazine’s “top seven disrupters”, and Genachowski was named one of Forbes’ seven most powerful people in new media.

In over a decade in the private sector prior to his FCC appointment, Genachowski helped build a major Internet and media company, IAC/InterActiveCorp, which owned and operated dozens of businesses including Expedia, Ticketmaster, and USA Network.  During this period, Business Week named Genachowski one of 25 “managers to watch” in the media sector, and Rolling Stone listed him as one of “100 people changing America.”  Genachowski also served as a special advisor to the private equity firm General Atlantic, launched an early stage tech incubator, and served on the boards of several public and private companies.

While always a technology enthusiast, Genachowski began his career in the law, serving as a law clerk to Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court, graduating with highest honors from Harvard Law School, and serving on the Harvard Law Review with President Barack Obama.  Genachowski has long advised President Obama on technology issues, and was instrumental in developing the 2008 Obama campaign’s historic Internet strategy.  He is the son of immigrants, and at President Obama’s request led the United States delegation to the 65th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.



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