Bohigian, close adviser to Chair, leaves FCC
Could this be the start of a change in guard at the Federal Communications Commission?
Catherine Bohigian, chief of the office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, announced Friday that she is leaving the agency Sept. 5 to join Cablevision Systems Corp.
The office is charged with advising FCC chairman, Kevin J. Martin, and other commissioners on strategy and planning. Bohigian has worked closely with Martin throughout her tenure, particularly as his senior legal advisor.
She came to the commission to work with Martin in 2001, and has served as one of his closest legal advisers. In 2005, she became the head of the office of strategic planning and policy analysis. Prior to her time at the commission, she worked at Wiley, Rein & Fielding, a private law firm in Washington.
Bohigian and Martin's career tracks have many parallels. Bohigian went to Harvard Law School, as did Martin, and graduated cum laude. Martin also worked at Wiley, Rein & Fielding before joining the FCC.
"She is an irreplaceable adviser and a good friend. I will miss her greatly," Martin said.
Martin hasn't indicated his plans with the coming change of administration, but many telecom insiders said it is tradition that he would step down so that the new president could appoint a new head of the agency in charge of telecommunications, cable, and media.
August 29, 2008; 4:46 PM ET
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