David Turetsky Named FCC Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau Chief
Monday, May 21, 2012
Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski named David S.
Turetsky as Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
(PSHSB). Mr. Turetsky is a senior communications lawyer with decades of
leadership experience in the public and private sectors. He will begin
after Memorial Day. David Furth, currently serving as Acting Chief, will
resume his role as Deputy Bureau Chief.
Chairman Genachowski said, "The FCC has a vital role in
public safety and homeland security. We are fortunate that the new leader of
our Public Safety Bureau will be David Turetsky, with his stellar talent and
broad experience in and out of government.”
He continued, "I also want to express my appreciation to
David Furth for his dedication to the agency’s public safety mission and
leadership while serving as Acting Chief of the bureau.”
Jamie Barnett, Rear Admiral (Retired), Senior Vice President
at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and former PSHSB Chief said,
"Chairman Julius Genachowski made an excellent choice in appointing David
Turetsky as the Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
His proven leadership experience, broad knowledge of the communications
landscape, and proven track record of getting things done will serve the agency
well. As a member of the public safety community, I look forward to
supporting David as he continues to implement the Chairman’s vision for
enhancing our nation’s safety and security through advanced communications
Mr. Turetsky brings a number of years of senior U.S.
government experience, including serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General
for Antitrust in the U.S. Department of Justice; and business experience as a
senior lawyer and officer for Teligent, a fixed-wireless telecommunications and
broadband services company. He joins the FCC from Dewey & LeBoeuf
LLP, where he was partner. At the firm, he focused on a wide range of
regulated industries, including telecom, media, satellite, energy, and
He was twice appointed by federal courts and the FCC as the
Management Trustee of rural U.S. mobile wireless businesses required to be
divested as a condition of a merger approval. In this role, Mr. Turetsky
oversaw all aspects of the businesses, including management, day-to-day
operations, strategic planning, and emergency response. During his time
in the Clinton Administration Antitrust Division, Mr. Turetsky was deeply
involved in the shaping of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He has
also been a member of the State Department Advisory Committee on International
Communications and Information Policy, and serves as co-chair of the State
Enforcement Committee of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section.
Mr. Turetsky received his B.A. in political science from
Amherst College and his J.D. from University of Chicago School of Law. He
also studied at the London School of Economics.