HSN’s Grossman Appointed To Commerce Dept. Advisory Board

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman has been named to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Appointed by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Grossman is one of 17 top executives from companies that include Microsoft, AT&T, YouTube and Comcast that will serve on the board.

This past November, Pritzker committed to creating a board of advisors as a mechanism for ensuring private sector input and support for the department’s new Digital Economy Agenda, which is focused on promoting innovation, a free and open Internet, trust online, and Internet access for all Americans.

Zoë Baird, CEO and president of the Markle Foundation, and Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of Mozilla, will serve as co-chairs of the new digital economy board. The appointees, who will serve two-year terms, were chosen from a pool of highly-qualified applicants from industry, civil society and academia to provide expertise from a variety of viewpoints.

“I am thrilled that such a knowledgeable and diverse group of thought leaders has volunteered to serve on our new Digital Economy Board of Advisors,” Pritzker said. “As we develop an agenda to help the digital economy grow and thrive, it is critical that we engage with those on the front lines of the digital revolution.”

According to Commerce Department officials, the board will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. Alan Davidson, the Commerce Department’s Director of the Digital Economy who helped develop the board, will engage with the board on its agenda and work with the Secretary and NTIA to implement the board’s recommendations.