the Multicultural Council of Media, Telecoms and Internet (MMTC) announced that Robert Branson, FCC’s former media and telecommunications lawyer, will be its new president and CEO.
Branson, the former president of the Federal Communications Bar Association, is a well-known and respected lawyer. Previously, he was a lawyer and senior legal advisor to FCC and has years of experience in communications, strategic planning, minority business advocacy, diversity and inclusion.
Branson also has extensive experience in broadcast, cable, telecommunications, technology, privacy, IoT, broadband, AI, spectrum and infrastructure.
MMTC board chairman and treasurer Ronald Johnson praised Branson in a statement he will strengthen the board.
“We are confident that MMTC will be even stronger and more resilient than ever under the leadership of Robert ‘Bob’ Branson, a well-known and respected telecommunications public servant and lawyer whom I greatly admire,” Johnson said. “Given President Branson’s many years of service in government and in the private sector, public and private entities, he is the ideal person to lead MMTC. We express our deepest gratitude and a big thank you to Maurita Coley who, since 2012, has served us admirably, with unprecedented integrity and transparency. “
Prior to his appointment as President of MMTC, Branson served as General Counsel to Empire Consulting Group, a minority-led strategic business and public policy firm serving leading clients in the fields of technology, wireless wire, cable and other sectors. Prior to that, Branson served as Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications, where he participated in the 5G deployment for Washington DC.
Branson said he was excited to join the MMTC and was up to the task.
“I am thrilled to join MMTC as President and CEO and build on his many years of leading advocacy to achieve diversity in the communications industries,” said Branson. “I appreciate MMTC as an organization and have been a part of the MMTC family for many years. In fact, in 2017, I was fortunate to receive the Everett C. Parker Lifetime Achievement Award, MMTC’s highest honor. It is a sincere pleasure for me to stand on the shoulders of the former leaders of the MMTC as we celebrate our 35th anniversary. I am ready and eager to engage with this Board of Directors, our funders and supporters to lead MMTC through the challenges ahead. “