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Less than a year after stepping down as Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski returned to the corporate world to take a post at The Carlyle Group, the investment firm announced Monday.

Genachowski, a former IAC/InterActiveCorp general counsel who led the FCC from June 2009 to May 2013, joined Carlyle as a Washington, D.C.–based managing director and partner in its U.S. buyout team. He most recently served as a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute and taught a joint class at Harvard University’s business and law schools.

The former FCC leader will concentrate on global technology, media and telecommunications investments at Carlyle. The firm’s investments in the sectors include AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. and Nielsen Holdings N.V.

“It’s an exciting time in the space, with an ongoing wave of innovation creating significant opportunities for investment,” Genachowski said in a written statement.

During his tenure at the FCC, Genachowski oversaw agency work that helped lead to the scuttling of the proposed merger between AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA Inc., and the approval of Comcast Corp.’s purchase of NBCUniversal Inc. He also worked to improve wired and wireless broadband across the United States and connect more Americans to high-speed Internet.

Genachowski worked on technology and media matters for more than a decade before he joined the FCC. In addition to serving as IAC/InterActiveCorp’s GC, he was the media company’s business operations chief, a cofounder of technology incubator LaunchBox Digital and a special adviser at private equity firm General Atlantic.

“Deep industry specialization is core to our investment strategy and Julius brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to these sectors,” Pete Clare, a cohead of the U.S. buyout team, said in a written statement. “His judgment about how these sectors will evolve will be invaluable to us.”

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