Bogdan-Martin Elected First Female Secretary General of ITU
Thursday, September 29, 2022 | Comments

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) elected Doreen Bogdan-Bogdan-Martin as secretary general.

Bogdan-Martin is the first woman to serve as secretary general in the ITU’s 157-year history. Additionally, she is the first American to serve as the secretary general in more than 50 years.

“Today’s world is facing significant challenges, escalating conflicts, a climate crisis, food security, gender equality and 2.7 billion people who have still never connected to the internet,” Bogdan-Martin said. “I believe ITU and its members can make a transformational contribution to forging a better world. Our sector is one of continuous innovation, and it can, and will, be a key enabler in helping mankind address many of these critical issues.”

Bogdan-Martin has spent nearly 28 years with the ITU. Since 2019, she has served as director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT).

Industry leaders congratulated Bogdan-Martin on her election to the position.

“I commend the ITU membership on electing Doreen to be secretary general, a proven leader who is dedicated to achieving universal connectivity for all people,” FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said. “At a time when almost one-third of the world lacks broadband access, she has the experience, skills and dedication to help the ITU drive greater broadband access in all countries. And four years ago, she became the first woman elected to a leadership position in the 157-year history of the ITU, a role I’m familiar with as the first permanent chairwoman of the FCC. I look forward to working with Doreen, so we can connect 100 percent of us to today’s modern communications technologies.”




 
 
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