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Steve Berry to retire from CCA management


Tim Donovan, Lucy Hodas will take new CCA management positions in January 2023

The Aggressive Carriers Affiliation is seeing a shift in management: Longtime President and CEO Steve Berry is retiring from his function, with deputies Tim Donovan and Lucy Hodas getting into new management positions.

Steven Ok. Berry, CCA President and CEO (Picture: CCA)

Donovan, CCA’s SVP of legislative affairs, will take over as president and CEO of the advocacy group for small and rural wi-fi operators. Hodas, who serves as SVP of media and communication at CCA, will transfer into the newly created function of COO.

“I couldn’t be extra happy and happy with not solely the work they’re doing, however I do know they’re going to do an exceptional job and going to take it to the subsequent stage,” stated Berry on a name this week.

Berry is retiring on account of latest well being points. He’ll proceed to serve by the tip of the calendar yr, however is not going to journey to the upcoming CCA convention in Portland, Oregon on the recommendation of his docs, he stated.

“The Board and I can’t thank Steve sufficient for 13-plus years of dedication to CCA and the membership. Steve remodeled the affiliation into the robust, main advocacy group that it’s at this time, and CCA has benefitted tremendously from his management, ardour for the problems, and forward-thinking mentality,” stated CCA Chairman of the Board Mark Nazé. “Steve additionally constructed an unbelievable crew, so when he knowledgeable the Board about his intention to retire on the finish of the yr, it made good sense to look internally for the subsequent president and CEO. Tim is without doubt one of the most educated advocates for aggressive wi-fi carriers and positively is an skilled on the coverage points. Tim is a stable voice for CCA members and is understood and well-respected all through the trade, and the Board and I are enthusiastic about the way forward for CCA underneath his management.”

Tim Donovan will take over as CCA president and CEO in January 2023. (Picture: CCA)

Donovan retraced among the modifications in Berry’s tenure: When he was employed as chief of the Rural Mobile Affiliation in fall 2009, the BlackBerry Curve was the top-selling smartphone. “The wi-fi trade definitely appears to be like totally different now than it did 13 years in the past, and in some ways, Steve’s management is immediately liable for outcomes which have enhanced competitors and benefited customers,” Donovan stated, including, “By means of Steve’s work, we’ve got really formed the wi-fi trade in ways in which have supplied all carriers— rural, regional and nationwide—with a significant alternative to compete.” He cited examples of federal insurance policies handed by numerous businesses and administrations that CCA helped to affect underneath Berry’s management, together with ending system exclusivity, establishing knowledge roaming guidelines, new geographic Partial Financial Space designations in federal spectrum auctions which are friendlier to smaller operators, necessities round Common Service Fund choices utilizing up to date and dependable community protection knowledge and the Safe and Trusted Communications Networks Act and associated funding, to assist defray small carriers’ prices for changing tools and companies from some Chinese language distributors.

“The survival of aggressive carriers during the last decade will be linked on to Steve’s work in Washington,” Donovan stated.

Lucy Hodas will tackle the brand new function of CCA’s COO in January 2023. (Picture: CCA)

Requested about his most important accomplishment, Berry responded that it wasn’t a particular coverage win, however reasonably taking RCA (and subsequently, CCA) from a company that was finest recognized for its annual golf outing, to a company with actual, sustained advocacy functionality and credibility as a voice for small service suppliers. “We punch above our weight restrict … and we’ve got since day one,” he stated, including, “There’s tons of [policy] wins that I believe we’ve had through the years, however the constructing to maintain this and be certain that we’ve got this voice for aggressive carriers might be essentially the most encouraging.”

Wanting ahead, Donovan stated that as 5G and associated companies proceed to evolve, “There’s by no means been a extra necessary time for CCA to make it possible for aggressive carriers’ voices are heard in Washington, D.C. As 5G companies hit their stride, we sit up for future wi-fi improvements. Rural areas and locations served by aggressive carriers stand to realize essentially the most, and they’re going to undergo essentially the most if efforts to shut the digital divide fail to offer cell and wi-fi connectivity. … I’m deeply excited for the subsequent chapter of CCA and grateful for … all of Steve’s work.”

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