Former FCC Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker has been appointed to succeed Steve Largent as President and CEO of wireless association CTIA effective on June 2. Largent, a former Oklahoma congressman and member of the National Football League Hall of Fame, announced last fall that he would retire as head of CTIA after spending a decade at the organization’s helm. Baker, a Republican who served at the FCC between 2009 and 2011, will be leaving her current position as senior vice president of government affairs for Comcast’s NBCUniversal unit to assume the leadership of CTIA. Prior to her tenure at the FCC, Baker served as deputy assistant secretary of the Commerce Department and as acting administrator of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, where she oversaw the digital television converter box program. The appointment, announced on Wednesday, also brings Baker full circle from her initial stint at CTIA where she served as director of congressional affairs from 1998-2000. Baker’s selection as CTIA president and CEO was welcomed by Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead, who lauded Baker as “a proven leader with boundless energy and fresh ideas that can take our industry to the next level.” As Largent predicted that Baker will prove to be “a great success” in her new position, Baker promised to “bring new ideas and new initiatives to the association that will take it from good to great,” as she looked forward “to continuing CTIA’s long tradition of finding bipartisan solutions to ensure adequate spectrum availability and opportunities to unlock the next generation of investment and innovation.”