Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Get to Know a Speaker: Ambassador Robert Kimmitt

Ambassador Robert Kimmitt is a senior international counsel in the Regulatory and Government Affairs Department, and a member of the Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice Group. He originally joined the firm in 1997 and rejoined the firm in 2009 after serving as Deputy Secretary of the US Department of the Treasury.

Both in government and the private sector, Ambassador Kimmitt has held a wide variety of senior positions at the intersection of international business, finance, law and policy. From 2009-2012, he chaired the Deloitte Center for Cross-Border Investment, which provided strategic advice on the execution of cross-border acquisitions and divestitures. From 2005-2009, he served as Deputy Secretary of the US Treasury, where he had significant responsibility for the Department’s international agenda, including cross-border investment in his leadership role on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

As a partner at the firm from 1997 to 2000, Ambassador Kimmitt focused on international transactions in regulated industries, primarily in the areas of defense, aerospace, telecommunications and banking.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as American Ambassador to Germany (1991-1993), Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1989-1991), General Counsel to the Department of the Treasury (1985-1987), and Executive Secretary and General Counsel of the National Security Council at the White House (1983-1985).

In addition to his government service, Ambassador Kimmitt was Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One, a software company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area. He also served as Executive Vice President for Global Public Policy (2001-2005) at Time Warner Inc.

Ambassador Kimmitt is Chairman of the American Council on Germany and a board member of the Atlantic Council and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Trilateral Commission. During 1997, Ambassador Kimmitt was a member of the National Defense Panel, and from 1998 to 2005, he was a member of the Director of Central Intelligence’s National Security Advisory Panel. He also served as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and he has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards, both at home and abroad.

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