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NAB EVP/General Counsel Jane Mago to Retire

Rick Kaplan to be Mago’s successor

NAB Legal EVP/General Counsel Jane Mago is retiring after 10 years with the association.

NAB EVP Strategic Planning Rick Kaplan will succeed Mago in the job.

Mago came to NAB in 2004 after a 26-year career at the FCC, where she held a variety of positions, including general counsel, chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, deputy chief of the Enforcement Bureau and legal advisor to three commissioners. Mago intends to move to Naples, Fla.

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith called Mago “a remarkable advocate for NAB and one of the classiest people in our business. Jane’s integrity is unquestioned, and her bridge-building style has been a huge asset for broadcasters in Washington.”

Her NAB career has included several appearances as a witness on behalf of NAB before Congressional committees. For radio, she spearheaded legal efforts on performance royalty issues, worked collaboratively with the FCC to revitalize AM radio through the use of FM translators, and worked with the commission to update broadcast emergency alerting.

Mago will remain a consultant to NAB through the end of 2015 to help Kaplan in his transition. She will also help oversee music licensing litigation before the Copyright Royalty Board on behalf of local radio stations.