Former Director of Verizon and Advisor to Federal Agencies joins Access Partnership to lead on market access and regulation within telecoms
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2021 – Access Partnership, the leading global public policy firm for the tech sector, today announced its appointment of Leslie Martinkovics as Director of Space and Satellite Spectrum. In this role, Martinkovics will work with industry leading in clients with an expertise is international government relations, technology policy and spectrum management.
Martinkovics comes to Access Partnership with over thirty years’ experience in the telecommunication/ICT sectors, focusing on market access and regulations, spectrum management and licensing, and the formulation and execution of strategic advocacy campaigns involving digital networks and devices. Leslie began his career in the satellite communications industry, advising the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on a broad range of satellite and terrestrial connectivity issues pertinent to developing economies. He subsequently joined the newly formed International Government Affairs office of COMSAT, before being named as Secretary to the INTELSAT Board of Governors
In 2000, Martinkovics joined Verizon as Director, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, a position he held for the next twenty years. In this role, he advocated Verizon’s global public policy and regulatory strategy agenda, with a focus on spectrum management and the standardization of new digital networks and devices. He was also the company’s policy lead to United Nations specialized agencies, such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has chaired a number of groups dealing with regional and global technology policy issues. A veteran of regional and global conferences since 1997, he has acted as a private sector advisor to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of State, the Department of Commerce/NTIA, and the Department of Defense.
Colin Thomson, Head of Practice, Infrastructure at Access Partnership commented, “Leslie has immense experience within the telecoms space. He is truly an expert in telecommunication policy and advocacy. He will make a significant contribution to our engagement with policy makers to deliver Fair Tech solutions for all.”
Leslie Martinkovics stated, “Access Partnership has been supporting international clients on rapidly evolving tech policy issues of global concern. I am looking forward to being part of the team that will provide impactful public policy solutions to leading technology companies around the globe.”
About Access Partnership
Access Partnership is the world’s leading public policy firm ensuring market access for technology. We monitor and analyse global trends for the risks and opportunities they create for technology businesses and identify strategies to mitigate those risks and drive the opportunities to our clients’ advantage. Our team uniquely mixes policy and technical expertise to optimise outcomes for companies operating at the intersection of technology, data, and connectivity.