Diane Smith, Interim Chair and Nydia Gutiérrez, Executive Director
Mobile Future announced today Diane Smith will serve as interim Chair of the Association, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Smith has played a leading role at Mobile Future since its inception, aside from taking a brief hiatus when she ran for Congress in 2012. An attorney and entrepreneur, Smith was the co-founder and CEO of a ground-breaking IPTV company in Northwest Montana that successfully raised millions in start-up capital and continues to grow as the nation’s largest global provider of digital video services. She is the author of TheNewRural.Com, examining the role of technology in rural economic development, and has worked on the launch of the competitive long distance, mobile and IPTV industries. Smith replaces Jonathan Spalter, who served as Mobile Future chair for nine years and will become President and CEO of USTelecom.
“I am looking forward to continuing my work with Mobile Future to champion America’s mobile innovators, investors and entrepreneurs,” said Diane Smith. “With amazing next generation technologies on the horizon, this is a great time to be part of the mobile revolution.”
New Executive Director Nydia Gutiérrez currently works in the Latinovations practice of Dewey Square Group where she advises clients on a range of issues, including telecommunications. This will be Gutiérrez’ second stint at Mobile Future where she previously served in the association’s strategic communications group. Nydia hails from Brownsville, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Gutiérrez replaces Allison Remsen, who served as Mobile Future Executive Director for eight years and will become Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff of USTelecom.
“With inspiring innovations and rapidly evolving networks, I’m looking forward to working with the Association’s members to advocate for the advancement of broadband access across all communities, and promote the power and promise of our mobile future,” said Nydia Gutiérrez.