Communications Industry and Auctions Expert Richard Marsden Joins NERA Economic Consulting as Vice President

11 October 2010

New York -- NERA Economic Consulting, a leading global provider of economic advice and analysis in business, legal, and regulatory matters, announced today that Richard Marsden has joined the firm's Energy, Environment, and Network Industries (EEN) practice as a Vice President.

Mr. Marsden has extensive expertise in auctions and in applying economics to the telecommunications and media sectors. He has applied his expertise in providing policy advice, auction design, software implementation, and bidder support related to the current wave of spectrum awards worldwide.

"We are pleased to welcome Richard to NERA," said Mike King, Chair of NERA's EEN practice. "NERA has a long history of providing auction support in markets including electric power and e-commerce, and has participated in virtually every wireless spectrum auction ever conducted. Richard's experience and expertise will help make NERA’s strong communications and auctions teams even stronger."

Mr. Marsden has managed projects on regulation, competition, public policy, and business strategy for a diverse client base, including regulators and private companies in more than 25 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. He has undertaken auction projects across a wide range of sectors, including airport slots, broadcasting, mobile telephony, power generation and renewables, retail sites and wireless broadband. Prior to joining NERA, Mr. Marsden spent 10 years as a Director at DotEcon, where he was responsible for business development for auctions, public policy, and strategy projects.

Mr. Marsden presents and publishes frequently on the topics of spectrum management and allocation, and is the co-author of a book on broadband regulation (Springer, 2005).  He holds an MA with distinction in international political economy and a BA in economics and international relations from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

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