Decker Anstrom is the former president of Discovery Communications, as well as on the boards of several national nonprofit environmental groups (the National Environmental Education Foundation — where he is currently Chair of the Board; Island Press — where he earlier served as Chair; Climate Central; and Planet Forward), and a nonprofit educational group, the Institute for Educational Leadership (which he formerly Chaired).
During 2015-2016, Anstrom, who lives in Washington, D.C., served as U.S. Ambassador and Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC15), held under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union. WRC’s, which convene every 34 years, are treaty-level conferences involving more than 150 countries that consider international and regional spectrum allocation and regulatory issues that support satellite, mobile, aviation and other wireless services.
Anstrom also served as the U.S. Ambassador and Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC12) during 2011-2012.
He joined The Weather Channel Companies as President/CEO in 1999 and retired as President of Landmark Communications and Chairman of The Weather Channel Companies in late 2008, following Landmark’s sale of The Weather Channel to NBC. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Comcast Corporation from 2001-2011. Prior to his positions at Landmark, Anstrom had a long career in public service and in the communications industry.
Anstrom received a BA degree from Macalester College (St. Paul. MN) and attended the Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University for one year.