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Fannon, Quinn Join Media Institute Board of Trustees

FOR RELEASE: December 16, 2009

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Washington, Dec. 16, 2009 – Two industry executives representing the electronics and telecom sectors of the media were elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute at the board’s annual meeting today in Washington.  The new trustees are Peter M. Fannon of Panasonic Corporation of North America, and Robert W. Quinn, Jr. of AT&T Services, Inc.

Peter Fannon manages Panasonic’s Corporate Environmental, Government & Public Affairs, and Product Safety & Regulatory Compliance groups.  In addition, he serves as a company spokesman, and he participates in technology development and evaluation activities associated with new products and services.  Fannon also represents Panasonic in a variety of industry, trade, and advisory organizations.  Currently he serves on the Consumer Electronics Association’s Board of Industry Leaders and the CEA Political Action Committee Board of Directors. 

Robert W. Quinn, Jr. is AT&T’s Senior Vice President – Federal Regulatory.  He is responsible for regulatory matters affecting AT&T and its affiliates pending before the Federal Communications Commission, as well as the coordination and support of regulatory and external affairs activities throughout AT&T’s regional operations.  Before taking his current position in 2006, Quinn served as Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs for AT&T Corp. in Washington, D.C.  From 1993 to 1997, he served as Senior Regional Attorney for AT&T in Chicago. 

Also elected to full terms were two trustees who had joined the board since the last annual meeting.  Kathleen Grillo is Senior Vice President – Federal Regulatory Affairs for Verizon Communications.  She has been with Verizon since 2002.  Barbara Wall is Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel of Gannett Co., Inc., and joined Gannett in 1985.

“I am very impressed with the talents these individuals bring to The Media Institute, and I look forward to drawing on their expertise,” said Patrick Maines, president of the Institute.

The Media Institute’s Board of Trustees is comprised of representatives from the broadcasting, cable, satellite, online, telecom, consumer electronics, and print industries, as well as communications attorneys.  The board is chaired by former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley, senior partner of Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C.  For more information about the Institute, visit