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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
October 16, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Adam Thierer Named PFF President
Ferree Steps Down, will Remain Active on Foundation Board

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Progress & Freedom Foundation announced today that Adam Thierer, longtime PFF Senior Fellow and Director of PFF's Center for Digital Media Freedom, has been appointed president of the Foundation.  He succeeds Ken Ferree, who will remain active as a Senior Fellow and as a member of PFF's Board of Directors.

PFF Chairman and co-founder George "Jay" Keyworth, II, said of Thierer's appointment: "Adam is the perfect choice to lead PFF forward. He was a strong contributor in the founding days of PFF, and his scholarship in policy matters is highly respected in academic and policy circles.  His extensive think tank experience positions him to successfully lead the organization going forward." Keyworth also expressed his gratitude for Ferree's service. "Under Ken's leadership, PFF has played a leading role in the debate about technology policy issues in Washington. We're pleased that he will remain actively involved with the Foundation's work."

Thierer voiced his plans for the Foundation's continued success. "I look forward to building on PFF's record of accomplishment over the last sixteen years and pushing forward with our vision of defending individual liberty, free markets, freedom of speech, and property rights.  I'm also pleased to be taking over as we're working to re-launch our annual tech policy summit, to be held next May in Sundance, Utah."

"I've enjoyed my time at the helm of PFF," Ferree said.  "Adam is a great choice for PFF president and I am confident that he will be an effective leader for the Foundation.  He has contributed greatly to the organization's success and will continue to do so as president."

Thierer formally joined PFF in 2005 but has been involved with PFFs since its creation.  In 1995, he was a co-author of PFF's first major book, The Telecom Revolution - An American Opportunity. He is the author or editor of seven books on, and regularly writes about content regulation and child safety, the regulation of mass media and network industries, Internet governance, intellectual property, and federalism in high-tech markets. Thierer earned his B.A. in journalism and political science at Indiana University, and his M.A. in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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