TIA hires new executives, electsleadership for TR-42 committees

The Telecommunications Industry Association (www.tiaonline.org) has named former U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer Nicolas Fetchko as director of...

The Telecommunications Industry Association (www.tiaonline.org) has named former U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer Nicolas Fetchko as director of international and government affairs, and former InfoComm senior executive Taly Walsh as vice president of marketing and business development.

The association also elected new leadership for the 2008-09 TR-42 User Premises Telecommunications Requirements engineering committee and subcommittees, with Herb Congdon of Tyco Electronics elected to lead the TR-42 User Premises Telecommunications Cabling Requirements group. Bob Jensen of Fluke Networks is vice-chairman.

Nicolas Fetchko will work to further the international interests of information communications technology manufacturers in the U.S. and abroad, advocating TIA members" positions and facilitating business opportunities. TIA president GrantSeiffert says Fetchko "brings to TIA an extraordinary breadth of experience in international and governmental affairs. He has a reputation as a skilled strategist and consensus-builder, and brings valuable competencies to enhance TIA"s efforts as worldwide organization."

As Foreign Service Officer, Fetchko advanced international communication and information policy with numerous nations. Fluent in Spanish, French, and German, Fetchko holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.

Taly Walsh will promote the association"s efforts to provide its membership appropriate platforms for standard-setting, government affairs, market intelligence, business development, and environmental compliance. With more than 20 years of experience in association and tradeshow marketing, strategic branding and positioning, web development, technology, and membership relations, Walsh"s role "will be pivotal to our continued growth and visibility around the world," says Seiffert.

The entire slate of leadership for the TR-42 committee and its various subcommittees earned unanimous and unopposed support at the group"s February meeting in Tampa, FL.

"TR-42 continues to develop and maintain some of the industry"s best, most-in-demand standards—from data centerdesign to telecom cabling systems—on the backs of incredibly talented members," says Ed Mikoski, TIA"s vice president of standards and business development. "Their tireless volunteer efforts drive communications."

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