BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwired - December 15, 2015) - 4G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G for the Americas, today announced that Tom Keathley, Senior Vice President, Wireless Network Architecture & Design at AT&T, has been elected to serve as the 2016 Chairman of the 4G Americas Board of Governors. The Board has also re-elected Hans Ovesen, Director, Group Function, Government and Industry Relations at Ericsson, to serve as the organization's Treasurer.

"4G Americas is pleased to welcome Tom Keathley as the new Chairman of the 4G Americas Board of Governors," commented Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas. "His leadership, years of experience and expertise in the wireless industry will be the driving force to achieve our association's goals for 2016. In addition, we are grateful for Hans Ovesen's continued support as Treasurer."

Tom Keathley has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and as the Senior Vice President, Wireless Network Architecture & Design at AT&T, he is responsible for the architecture, design and delivery of AT&T's mobility network as well as the wireless device requirements and certification. He has served in a number of leadership roles at AT&T, Cingular, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, Cellular One and Southwestern Bell Telephone. Previously at AT&T, Keathley was the Vice President -- Global Network Planning where he managed a multi-billion dollar capital budget utilized for the sustainment, capacity growth and expansion of the wireline and mobility networks.

Keathley stated, "I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the 4G Americas Board of Governors for 2016 and look forward to working with a forward-looking association that leads the wireless industry through strategic regulatory, educational and technical initiatives, and is a significant voice for the pre-standardization work on 5G for the Americas region and worldwide."

Hans Ovesen has been with Ericsson for over 25 years and is responsible for the company's work with numerous global industry groups and organizations. Ovesen has been active with the Board of Governors for nine years and his continued efforts has helped to shape the integrity of 4G Americas as a leading industry voice for the Americas region.

4G Americas' Board of Governors members include: Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Intel, Mitel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc. and Telefónica.

About 4G Americas: Unifying the Americas Through Mobile Broadband Technology

4G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to advocate for and foster the advancement and full capabilities of the LTE mobile broadband technology and its evolution beyond to 5G, throughout the ecosystem's networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in the Americas. 4G Americas, the voice of 5G for the Americas, is invested in leading 5G development for the Americas and maintaining the current global innovation lead in North America with LTE technology. 4G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. More information is available at Follow our news on Twitter at @4GAmericas and Facebook at

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