Communications infrastructure provider BAI Communications (BAI) yesterday announced Kathleen Abernathy’s appointment as a non-executive director on the BAI Board of Directors, chaired by Joan Gillman. Abernathy is a former FCC Commissioner. She was appointed the agency in 2001, after being nominated by President George W. Bush. BAI Communications owns and operates the underground wireless infrastructure (both the cellular and WiFi networks) of the Toronto Transit Commission, and of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City via its majority-owned company Transit Wireless.
Following her stint at the agency, she was on the board of directors at Frontier Communications where she was subsequently chief legal officer and executive vice president regulatory and government affairs. Following a long government and corporate career, Abernathy now chairs the ISO New England Board of Directors and is a director of DISH Network and Somos.
“I am excited to be part of a team that is investing in the long-term growth opportunities being driven by 5G deployment, which will change how we live, work and play. 5G will impact lives and livelihoods in ways we have yet to fully comprehend. My experience in the wireline and wireless sectors of the telecommunications industry positions me to provide strategic advice on external advocacy that will support and help ensure the success of BAI’s growth and expansion strategies as the company focuses on 5G opportunities.”
Chair Joan Gillman welcomed Abernathy to the board saying, “Kathleen has a unique understanding of how to manage and leverage regulatory complexities to further business objectives. I am delighted that she has joined our board at the start of a new growth trajectory for the company. Her extensive experience will be a great benefit to our business.”