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USTelecom's McCormick Exiting at End of 2016

Walter McCormick Jr., who has headed USTelecom for the past 15-plus years, said Friday he would be resigning at the end of 2016.

That will give the association plenty of time to hire a successor.

McCormick suggested it was time to pass the baton given the upcoming election.

"[T]o all things there is a season, and I believe that with the election of a new U.S. President, the association would best be served by the hiring of a new executive who is prepared to make a commitment of four years or longer to representing the industry and leading it forward,”  he said in announcing the move.

He promised the board he would help look for a new successor.

USTelecom represents large and small telecoms.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.