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Appointment of new ECC Chairman and WG SE Chairman

29 Oct 2018, 10:14

The Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Woolford as Chairman of the ECC, the expert group within CEPT responsible for harmonising the efficient use of the radio spectrum across Europe, as well as for numbering, naming and addressing issues. As part of this role, he will also automatically become co-President of CEPT.

Chris Woolford has worked on spectrum issues at the UK Communications Regulator (Ofcom) since 2003. For the past 10 years he has been Ofcom’s Director of International Spectrum Policy where he is responsible for Ofcom’s international spectrum activities.

Mr. Woolford succeeds Eric Fournier, France, who is stepping down as Chairman after six years in the role.

Commenting on the appointment, Eric Fournier, outgoing Chairman of the ECC, said: "Chris is a natural diplomat with deep knowledge and experience in international spectrum regulation. I have no doubt that the ECC's standing and value will continue to grow under his leadership."

Chris Woolford said: "Eric has done a great job as Chairman of the ECC. Under his leadership, CEPT has gone from strength to strength and is increasingly recognised worldwide as the pillar of spectrum harmonisation in Europe.”  

"With the multiplication of demand for using spectrum in all sectors, the ECC still has some important challenges to face. I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead it through this new phase and to build on its strong record of delivering effective co-ordination and harmonisation measures in Europe which are so fundamentally important today to the telecommunications industry and our society."

The ECC also appointed Mr. Jérôme André (France) as the new Chairman of Working Group Spectrum Engineering, replacing Karl Loew (BNetzA, Germany). Jérôme André is currently Head of the Spectrum Engineering Department at the ANFR. Jérôme has a strong background in radiocommunications engineering and has been an active contributor to a variety of CEPT and ITU projects for several years.