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FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has tapped Zachary Katz as his chief of staff, succeeding Eddie Lazarus, who is departing at the end of the month.

Katz has been chief counsel to Genachowski after joining the FCC in 2009 and serving as legal adviser to Genachowski and deputy chief of the commission’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis. He has led initiatives including the creation of the Connect America Fund, which reformed the agency’s Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier compensation programs.

He served in the White House Counsel’s office and practiced at Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles. Before pursuing a legal career he worked with technology companies at a strategic consulting firm in Silicon Valley.

Genachowski also announced a series of new appointments. Sherrese Smith, senior counsel and legal adviser, will become chief counsel and senior legal adviser; Amy Levine, currently special counsel and legal adviser, will become senior counsel and legal adviser. Michael Steffen, currently in the office of general counsel at the FCC, joined Genachowski’s office as legal adviser. And Josh Gottheimer, senior counselor to Genachowski, will lead a new team at the FCC directing public-private initiatives.