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Chris Ornelas Named General Counsel at Beasley Media Group


Chris Ornelas
Chris Ornelas

Beasley Media Group appoints Chris Ornelas as General Counsel, effective February 1. The veteran media executive most recently spent nearly a decade serving as Chief Operating and Strategy Officer of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Before joining the NAB, Ornelas was chief counsel on communications and technology policy at NAB President/CEO and former Senator Gordon Smith's U.S. Senate office. His career also includes nearly a decade in the Washington offices of law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP.

"I will miss Chris Ornelas's wise counsel, good humor and strategic guidance of 'Team NAB' as our COO," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "He's been a selfless servant, a trusted colleague and a loyal friend during my years on Capitol Hill and at NAB. I'm so proud that Chris has a new opportunity to shine even brighter as Beasley Media Group's new general counsel."

"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Chris into the Beasley Media Group Family," said Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley. "I've had the opportunity to work alongside him over the years as an NAB board member and have learned that he is an incredibly thoughtful and dedicated person. His vast experience, outstanding reputation and proven leadership capabilities made Chris the absolute perfect choice to join our team. I am very thankful to Senator Gordon Smith and the entire NAB family for supporting Chris in his decision to join our Beasley Media Group family."

"It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with Caroline and the entire Beasley Media Group family as I begin the next chapter in my career," added Ornelas. "I am incredibly grateful to Senator Gordon Smith and the outstanding NAB family for having had the privilege of working with them over the past 10 years. I look forward to continuing that relationship in my new role serving as General Counsel at Beasley."

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