Joe Waz, a Washington fixture as senior vice president of External Affairs for Comcast is leaving the company.
Waz joined Comcast in 1994 and led Comcast's policy efforts, including serving on the company's political action committees and testifying before Congress and government regulators.
"I've worked with Joe for almost two decades, and his wise counsel and guidance on public policy helped Comcast become the leading company it is today," said Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen. "No one has been more tireless in representing the company on public policy issues. From his work guiding our many acquisitions through regulatory approvals to his role as President of the Comcast Foundation, Joe has been essential to our success."
Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn said although she and Waz often came down on opposite sides of issues, he had an "exemplary full-time career."
"I enjoyed working with him, even though we may disagree on issues from time to time and always believed he was an honest broker of ideas," Sohn said.
Waz may technically be leaving Comcast but he won't go far. Although he is moving to the west coast, Waz plans to establish a part-time consulting firm with Comcast as his first client.