NAB General Counsel, EVP of Legal Affairs Retires

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NAB General Counsel, EVP of Legal Affairs Retires

Oct 15, 2014 12:37 PM

WASHINGTON� General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the NAB Legal Department Jane Mago has informed the NAB Board of Directors of her intention to retire.

President Gordon Smith then announced that Rick Kaplan, NAB executive vice president of strategic planning, will succeed Mago as head of the NAB Legal Department.

Mago, who came to NAB in 2004 after a 26-year career at the Federal Communications Commission, told the NAB Board she is �calling it a decade� and that she intends to move fulltime from the Washington area and become a resident of Naples, Fla.

�It has been an honor and a privilege to work for and with the broadcast industry through many challenging times,� said Mago. �The work that broadcasters do every day makes a real and positive difference in communities across America, and I''m proud to have been associated with this great profession.�

Mago''s NAB career has included several appearances as a witness on behalf of NAB before Congressional committees. She helped shepherd the transition from analog to digital television through the FCC, oversaw NAB legal strategies related to the Aereo copyright infringement case at the U.S. Supreme Court, spearheaded legal efforts on performance royalty issues, worked collaboratively with the FCC to revitalize AM radio through FM translators, and worked with the Commission to update emergency alerting.

Prior to joining NAB, Mago held several positions at the FCC, including general counsel, chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, deputy chief of the Enforcement Bureau and legal advisor to three commissioners.

�I speak for the entire NAB staff, the communications bar association and the NAB Board in saying that Jane Mago has served all broadcasters with distinction,� said Smith.

Mago has been retained as a consultant to NAB through the end of 2015 to assist Kaplan in his transition. She will also help oversee music licensing litigation before the Copyright Royalty Board on behalf of local radio stations.

Kaplan earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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