WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast NBCUniversal has named Phil Tahtakran as Head of NBCUniversal Federal Government Affairs and has promoted Margaret Tobey to Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. Tahtakran succeeds Mitch Rose who was recently named Senior Vice President of Congressional and Federal Government Affairs for Comcast Corporation.
Tahtakran who joined NBCUniversal in 2010, will continue to work out of the Comcast NBCUniversal Federal Affairs Office in Washington, and he will report to Rose. Working closely with Kim Harris, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of NBCUniversal, he will lead coordination of NBCUniversal federal government affairs efforts in concert with parent company Comcast. Tobey will continue to manage the regulatory landscape facing the broadcast business and FCC matters for NBCUniversal, reporting to Harris, and serve as a member of the broader regulatory team headed by Kathy Zachem, Executive Vice President of Regulatory and State Legislative Affairs for Comcast NBCUniversal. Tobey will represent NBC on the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters, while Tahtakran will represent the company on federal government affairs issues in conjunction with its membership in the Motion Picture Association of America.
Rose said, "Phil’s deep knowledge of our issues and his history with NBCUniversal brings an unbeatable mix of skills to the company. His two decades of work in Washington give him the knowledge and experience to take leadership of NBCUniversal’s Federal Government Affairs at this important moment.”
“Margaret’s promotion is well deserved; she is widely regarded in the industry as a leading expert on broadcast regulatory matters and helped successfully navigate the company’s participation in the broadcast incentive auction,” said Harris.
At NBCUniversal, Tahtakran represents the company before Congress and the Administration on a variety of issues including copyright, combating piracy of intellectual property, broadcast and cable legislation, as well as theme park related matters. In his time on the Hill before joining NBCUniversal, Tahtakran served as a Legislative Director and Counsel, working closely with the House Judiciary and Appropriations Committees. He focused on the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee specializing in copyright, trademark and telecommunications issues and directed the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus. Tahtakran earned a Juris Doctorate degree from The George Washington University Law School, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California Los Angeles.
Tobey has been with NBCUniversal for more than 11 years and has over three decades of communications law experience. She joined NBCUniversal from the law firm Morrison & Foerster. Tobey was also previously a partner with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. and Sidley & Austin, where she also specialized in communications law. Earlier, she served as an associate with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. She clerked for the Honorable Roger Robb of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Tobey graduated, with high distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she served as editor of the Iowa Law Review, and she received her M.A. and her B.A. from the University of Iowa. She is a past president of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
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