HUDSON OAKS, Texas – Nextlink Internet today announced the appointment of Claude Aiken as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Legal Officer.
Claude brings years of national leadership to Nextlink, including more than 14 years of telecom expertise. He joins Nextlink from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), the principal organization representing innovators and entrepreneurs in the connectivity space, where he has served as the President and CEO since 2018. Claude will join Nextlink on a full-time basis beginning May 2, 2022.
In his new role, Claude will lead the company's efforts on strategic market development, as well as heading the company's legal and government affairs. In addition to contributing to Nextlink's existing depth, Claude will leverage his substantial experience to advance connectivity in underserved areas, promoting Nextlink's vision to be a customer-focused, community-based service provider across the U.S. heartland.
Claude Aiken has served since 2018 as President & CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA). Accomplishments during his tenure have included adding more than 300 members to the association; architecting policy changes that brought billions of dollars in benefits to the industry; and securing record attendance and revenue at WISPA's flagship conferences. Claude joined WISPA after nearly a decade at the Federal Communications Commission, where served as an adviser to former Chairman Tom Wheeler and former Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. He held senior leadership positions in the Wireline Bureau and Office of General Counsel, as well staff attorney roles throughout the Commission.
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