Sue Swenson, vice chairperson of the First Responder Network Authority board, will take over as board chairperson in August when current chair Sam Ginn’s term ends, FedScoop reported Wednesday.
David Stegon writes Swenson brings leadership experience from companies such as Sage North America, T-Mobile USA, Leap Wireless International and Cellular One.
“As FirstNet enters the next phase in its development, Sue Swenson brings to this start up effort seasoned management experience in the telecommunications field,” said Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
Ginn has been planning to step aside after leading FirstNet through early planning and development stages as the public safety federal organization’s inaugural chairperson, reports Stegon.
He worked in the telecommunications industry before he joined the FirstNet board in August 2012, leading its emergency broadband communications system project.
“Over the past two years as Chairman, I’ve worked hard to ensure that the FirstNet organization is laser-focused on serving the needs of our customers – public safety professionals,” said Ginn.
“I have been working closely with Sue over the past six months, and the timing is right to step aside and let her take the helm.”