It’s only been five months since Patricia Cooper stepped down as president of the Satellite Industry Association to join one of the group’s members, Intelsat of Washington and Luxembourg, as vice president of government affairs and policy.

But the satellite policy veteran is already making a return of sorts to the trade group she led for seven years. SIA’s Board of Directors announced Monday (Jan. 12) that Cooper has been elected to the group’s executive committee as treasurer.

The board also elected Stacy Fuller, vice president of regulatory affairs at DirecTV, to chair the executive committee for the coming year; and Jennifer Manner, vice president of regulatory affairs at EchoStar, to serve as vice chair.

Here’s the full announcement:


Washington, D.C. January 12, 2015 — The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today announced the election of its 2015 Executive Committee. The SIA Board of Directors elected Stacy Fuller of DIRECTV to serve as Chair for the coming year, joined by Jennifer Manner of EchoStar, as Vice Chair, and Patricia Cooper of Intelsat, as Treasurer.

“SIA is pleased and privileged to announce these experienced industry executives to lead the Board,” said Tom Stroup, President of SIA. “The incoming Executive Committee continues to reflect the diverse businesses of the satellite industry and demonstrates the strong commitment and investment made by our Association membership in SIA. I would like to thank SIA’s outgoing board for their service during the past year and we look forward to the new year, poised to continue to expand our role as the voice of the U.S. satellite industry.”

Stacy Fuller is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at DIRECTV. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing DIRECTV’s federal regulatory issues impacting DIRECTV. Prior to joining DIRECTV in 2005, Stacy was Media Legal Advisor to former FCC Commissioner Abernathy. Before serving in the government, Stacy worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, Discovery Communications, Inc., Alston & Bird, and Wiley, Rein & Fielding. Stacy is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and the University of Michigan.

Jennifer A. Manner is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at EchoStar. Prior to joining EchoStar, Ms. Manner served as Deputy Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology and before that Deputy Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the FCC. Before that, Ms. Manner was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Skyterra Communications (now LightSquared). Previously she served as senior counsel to FCC Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy, where she focused on international, satellite, wireless, new technologies and consumer issues. She has also served respectively as Director of International Alliances and Associate Counsel for Foreign Market Entry and International Wireless Services at MCI WorldCom, Inc. Ms. Manner is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. She has published numerous articles as well as books, including International Market Access (Artech House, 1999) and Spectrum Wars (Artech House, 2000).

Patricia Cooper is Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy at Intelsat. Prior to joining Intelsat, Ms Cooper served as President of the Satellite Industry Association from 2007-2014. Since 2002, she held senior positions at the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), including Senior Satellite Competition Advisor and Chief, Regional and Bilateral Affairs Branch. Prior to the FCC, Ms. Cooper served as a Director of International Market Development at Core Express Corporation and as the Senior Director/Director of Regulatory Affairs for PanAmSat Corporation. Ms. Cooper began her career at the United States Department of Commerce, where she was International Trade Specialist focused on the satellite industry and an Import Compliance Specialist.

About The Satellite Industry Association

SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing worldwide representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. Since its creation almost twenty years ago, SIA has advocated for the unified voice of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite business. For more information, visit SIA Executive Members include: The Boeing Company; The DIRECTV Group; EchoStar Corporation; Harris CapRock Communications; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; LightSquared; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Northrop Grumman Corporation; SES Americom, Inc.; SSL, and ViaSat, Inc. SIA Associate Members include: Airbus DS SatCom Government, Inc.; Artel, LLC; ATK Inc.; Cisco; Cobham SATCOM Land Systems; Comtech EF Data Corp.; DRS Technologies, Inc.; Encompass Government Solutions; Eutelsat America Corp.; Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc.; iDirect Government Technologies; Inmarsat, Inc.; Exelis, Inc.; Marshall Communications Corporation.; MTN Government; NewSat America, Inc.; O3b Limited; Orbital Sciences Corporation; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Row 44, Inc.; TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.; Telesat Canada; TrustComm, Inc.; Ultisat, Inc.; Vencore Inc., and XTAR, LLC.


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