Martin adds two to FCC senior staff


WASHINGTON -- FCC chairman Kevin Martin is shuffling his senior staff, announcing a replacement for the chief of the commission's Media Bureau as the department's current chief is moving on.

Martin said late Monday that he intends to hire Monica Shah Desai as the bureau's new chief to replace Donna Gregg, who will become senior policy adviser to Ambassador Richard Russell, the U.S. representative to the World Radiocommunication Conference.

Desai has been the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau chief since April 2005. She has worked at the commission since 1999 in a variety of capacities and served as an interim legal advisor to then-Commissioner Martin on spectrum and international issues, and also has had responsibility for various common carrier and media issues.

Martin also said that Helen Domenici would be added as the International Bureau chief. For the past five years, Domenici has worked at the Office of Science and Technology Policy and in the Executive Office of the President as assistant director for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

"I want to thank Monica and Helen for agreeing to serve the commission in these capacities. The commission is fortunate to have Helen's government and communications experience," he said. "I would also like to thank Donna Gregg for her distinguished service as chief of the Media Bureau, and for agreeing to serve the American public as Ambassador Richard Russell's senior policy adviser for the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference. The U.S. delegation will be well served by Donna's extensive communications background and experience."