CTIA-The Wireless Association® Welcomes Heather Blanchard as Director of Wireless Internet Development
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — CTIA-The Wireless Association® announced that beginning today, Heather Blanchard will serve as its director of Wireless Internet Development (WID), focused on spotting emerging trends in wireless and identifying new initiatives for the association to further mobile Internet adoption. Blanchard’s responsibilities include acting as a liaison among CTIA, its members and Internet companies in Silicon Valley as well as engaging the app developer and app storefront communities.
“Heather has a unique understanding and recognition of the vital importance of social technologies from the technical to the consumer and to the larger implications for society, which is why she is an ideal addition to our team. As our newest ambassador to the mobile web community, she knows the challenges and opportunities that are available to our members and will be a strong advocate on their behalf before policymakers,” said David Diggs, CTIA Vice President of Wireless Internet Development.
Previously, Blanchard served as a strategic communications consultant for New Cicada, where she cultivated partnerships with mobile Internet companies and worked with the European Commission to provide advice on emerging technologies, web entrepreneurship and innovation. She was the business liaison director for technology and telecommunications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she worked on behalf of the Assistant Secretary to build relationships in the technology, telecommunications and wireless Internet sectors. Blanchard has a Bachelor of Science in political science from Radford University and a Master of Arts in global communications from American University of Paris.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry’s leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.
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