Washington, D.C. -- The Fiber Broadband Association today announced its board of directors has appointed Lisa Youngers to become the association's executive director effective July 9, 2018.
Youngers, who brings two decades of communications industry experience to the all-fiber-optic broadband trade association, was most recently CEO of Nextlink Wireless. This broad industry experience is vital, as fiber deployments move beyond homes and businesses to become the critical fabric of fiber densification network initiatives for wireless infrastructure investment, including 5G.
"Lisa is a dynamic leader and telecommunications advocacy professional," said Scott Jackson, chairman of Fiber Industry Association's board. "This is an exciting and challenging time for our members, the association and the industry, as fiber is pushed deeper and deeper into the network, bringing blazing fast and reliable speeds to homes, businesses and next-generation wireless networks. We're extremely fortunate to have found a leader with Lisa's deep understanding of all aspects of the business as well as the public policies that govern it, which will be critical as we navigate and lead in this ever-changing environment."
Added Youngers: "Every day, Fiber Broadband Association's members work hard to deliver the best connectivity to businesses and communities across the country and the globe, a goal on which I have based my career. I look forward to helping the association work towards a faster, more efficient, better-connected world."
Prior to leading Nextlink, Youngers was vice president and assistant general counsel of Federal Advocacy and Strategy at XO Communications. She succeeds president and CEO Heather Burnett Gold, who is retiring.
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