Vest replaces MacKinnon as NCTA lobbyist


WASHINGTON -- Veteran National Cable and Telecommunications Assn. executive Steve Vest will take over as the association's top lobbyist when Gail MacKinnon leaves the organization to become senior vp global public policy at Time Warner Inc.

Vest, formerly vp government relations at NCTA, will assume his new role at the first of the year before the new Democratic-controlled Congress takes over. He will report to NCTA president and CEO Kyle McSlarrow.

"Steve Vest brings a deep knowledge of our industry from his service in NCTA's government relations department as well as his time spent at industry companies," McSlarrow said Wednesday. "Working with Steve over the past year, I have seen firsthand that he has the talent and leadership skills to continue building what I regard as a first-class organization devoted to effectively representing cable."

Vest rejoined NCTA in January after two years as Gemstar-TV Guide International's top lobbyist. He had worked as an NCTA lobbyist from 2000-03. Vest also has served as News Corp. vp government relations as well as in staff positions with U.S. Reps. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., and Thomas J. Manton, D-N.Y.

In her new role, MacKinnon will report to Time Warner executive vp global public policy Carol Melton.

"Gail has performed magnificently for NCTA and the industry over the past year," McSlarrow said. "While she would be too modest to say this, she has been a critical part of our success. I respect her decision and am doubly pleased that she will continue to be a vital part of our industry's advocacy in Washington, D.C."