Kidner Retires from TCCA
Friday, July 21, 2017 | Comments

TCCA CEO Phil Kidner announced his retirement after 11 years of leading the industry association. Tony Gray, founder and first chair of TCCA’s Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG), will take over as CEO on Sept. 1.

Kidner steered the TCCA through a period of significant change. While the market for TETRA and other standardized PMR narrowband technologies continues to grow, critical broadband is now on the horizon. Under Kidner’s leadership, the TCCA became fully engaged in ensuring that broadband bearers deliver a fit-for-purpose service for business-critical and mission-critical communications.

“With Phil’s guidance, the association has grown immensely in stature,” said Mladen Vratonjic, chair of the TCCA board. “As well as supporting the ongoing development of the TETRA standard and helping to ensure the strength of the TETRA standard and helping to ensure the strength of the TETRA market, TCCA is a 3GPP market representation partner, and earlier this year, we worked with ETSI to deliver the first mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) plugtests. We thank Phil for all of his work building the association’s profile as a respected expert body on critical communications.”

Gray has worked in the mobile communications industry for more than 40 years and has been a TCCA board member for six years, sponsored by P3 Group, a German communications engineering and consulting services provider. In addition to knowledge of professional mobile radio technologies, Gray also brings significant commercial cellular expertise as P3 has more than 15 years experience in testing and optimizing mobile networks worldwide.

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