London: The GSMA today announced that it has appointed John Giusti as Chief Regulatory Officer effective November 1, 2015. Reporting to the GSMA Director General, Giusti will be responsible for leading the organisation’s public policy and industry advocacy agenda with governments, regulators, international institutions and development organisations. He succeeds Tom Phillips, who has stepped down as Chief Regulatory Officer but will continue to serve as a special advisor to the GSMA, supporting the GSMA’s relationships with key institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.
“Since joining the GSMA in 2011, John has been instrumental in advancing the GSMA’s policy initiatives, including working with governments to secure critical spectrum resources for mobile, establishing and promoting best practice in areas such as regulation, taxation and privacy, and expanding digital inclusion for citizens globally, among others,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “I am very pleased to welcome such an accomplished and highly regarded individual as John to the GSMA executive team. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tom Phillips for his many years of service to the GSMA and we look forward to continuing our work with him as a special advisor focused on the interests of our members.”
“Mobile is one of the most exciting and dynamic industry sectors today, one that has already had a transformative impact on the lives of billions of people around the world and that makes major contributions to the global economy,” commented John Giusti. “I am honoured to join the GSMA executive team and look forward to working with our members as we strive to bring the enabling power of the mobile Internet to all of the world’s citizens.”
Prior to joining the GSMA, Giusti spent 17 years at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), working in a variety of capacities. Most recently, he served as chief of staff and senior policy advisor to Commissioner Michael Copps, where he provided legal, strategic and policy support to the Commissioner on all major agency actions, including the implementation of the National Broadband Plan. He also previously ran the FCC’s International Bureau, where he managed the agency’s relationships with its foreign counterparts and served as the its chief negotiator at meetings of the International Telecommunication Union, the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission and other multilateral organisations.
Giusti was educated in the United States, earning a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Florida. He has been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1994.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.