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Heather Burnett Gold named president of FTTH Council


November 30, 2011
By Alyssa Dalton

November 30, 2011 – The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, an organization dedicated to expanding the deployment of ultra high speed all-fiber networks, has named telecommunications executive Heather Burnett Gold to serve as its new full-time president.

Gold, who has worked for more than 27 years in the telecom industry, previously served as senior VP of External Affairs for XO Communications, where for seven years she guided the $1.5 billion company’s regulatory and public policy strategy in Washington and in state capitals, explained the company. “She was also responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s Cost of Service strategy, including vendor selection and management for an approximately $600 million annual budget,” it added.

Her past experience in the industry includes five years as president for the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) during the period surrounding the passage and implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. She has also served as a founding principal of The KDW Group, a telecom consulting firm, and as vice president of Industry Affairs for Intermedia Communications. She was recently honored by the Washington Business Journal as one of its 2010 Women Who Mean Business.

“We are delighted that an accomplished telecom pro will be leading the FTTH Council into its next phase of growth and success, and helping us guide America toward its all-fiber future,” said J. Michael Hill, president and CEO of On Trac Inc. and chairman of the Council’s Board of Directors. “Heather Gold’s impressive business skills and policy experience will be an enormous asset to our organization.”

She succeeds Dan O’Connell, who resigned last month to take a senior vice president position at Comcast.

“I am thrilled to step into this role and have the opportunity to build on the Council’s success in unifying all elements of the fiber to the home industry, from equipment makers to network builders and FTTH service providers,” said Gold. “The Council has become a leading voice for bringing broadband consumers the super-fast connectivity they want, and I intend to work hard to help the FTTH industry deliver on that promise.”

Gold can be reached at heather.b.gold@ftthcouncil.org.