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William Kennard

Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union

William Kennard, is the former chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. He currently is chairman and co-founder of Velocitas Partners LLC, an asset management firm, and a member of the Operating Executive Board of Staple Street Capital, a private equity firm. He serves on the…

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William Kennard, is the former chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. He currently is chairman and co-founder of Velocitas Partners LLC, an asset management firm, and a member of the Operating Executive Board of Staple Street Capital, a private equity firm. He serves on the boards of directors of AT&T Inc., MetLife and Duke Energy Corporation. 

His career spans more than three decades in law, telecommunications and private equity. Before his appointment as FCC chairman in 1997, Kennard served as the FCC’s general counsel from 1993 to 1997. As U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2009 to 2013, he worked to eliminate regulatory barriers to commerce and to promote transatlantic trade, investment and job creation.

In addition to his public service, Kennard was from 2001 to 2009 a managing director of The Carlyle Group, where he led the firm’s investments in the telecommunications and media sectors. He also has served on several boards in the fields of telecommunications and media, insurance and energy, as well as on the boards of various non-profit organizations. He currently serves as a Fellow of the Yale Corporation and is a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

Kennard is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School.

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