SmartBrief Board Chairman Wheeler tapped to head FCC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The President of the United States announced today his intention to nominate Thomas Wheeler to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.  Wheeler is a co-founder and chairman of the board of SmartBrief, Inc. 

A technology pioneer, Wheeler has been at the forefront of communications, technology and content over the last three decades. Along with co-founders Rick Stamberger and Dan O’Brien, he launched SmartBrief, Inc. in 1999. Over the last decade, SmartBrief has become one of the leading sources of curated business news. 

“Tom Wheeler has played an integral role in the development and success of SmartBrief,” said Rick Stamberger, SmartBrief president and CEO. “He has been a catalyst for growth and new products, and has helped us grow twenty-fold over the last decade.  He has been a valued colleague and advisor, and I am confident the country will benefit from his intellect, experience and leadership.“

Wheeler is a 30-year veteran of the telecommunications industry. He served as president of the National Cable Television Association from 1979 to 1984 and as CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association from 1992 to 2004. He is currently a managing director at Core Capital Partners where he focuses on early stage technology startups. 

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