February 24, 2015: ITI Press Release.
WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice for the technology sector's leading companies, announced Jonathan “Josh” Kallmer will lead its global advocacy operations as the organization’s senior vice president for global policy. He begins his new role at ITI on February 24.
“ITI is firmly focused on creating an enabling policy environment for our members and to ensuring the wondrous, society-shifting impact of technology knows no boundaries,” said ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield. “Josh is the right person to lead our global efforts at the right time. His experience working in the public and private sectors to advance 21st century trade agreements will serve ITI, our members, and the technology sector well.”
Kallmer will lead ITI’s global division, which focuses on expanding market access opportunities for ITI member companies around the world on issues like trade, Internet governance, cybersecurity, regulatory policy, standards, and accessibility.
“It is a privilege to be joining such an extraordinary group of policy professionals to advance advocacy efforts in this critical sector,” Kallmer said. “I look forward to working with my new ITI colleagues and others in the international policy community to help level the playing field and improve competitive conditions for the world’s leading technology companies in overseas markets.”
Kallmer has an extensive background on trade-related matters. As a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s international trade and international dispute resolution groups, he focused on helping companies use trade and investment agreements to overcome regulatory and market access barriers. Kallmer also advised companies on trade negotiations and using existing agreements to open markets and protect their rights, including intellectual property rights.
Previously, Kallmer served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment, where he developed and implemented international investment policy and conducted negotiations with foreign governments to secure greater market access and better treatment for U.S. companies overseas. During his tenure at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, he co-chaired the U.S. bilateral investment treaty program; was lead negotiator for several investment agreements; played a central role in developing investment policy related to the European Union and initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa; and served as U.S. lead counsel in disputes before the World Trade Organization.
An honors graduate of Stanford University, he received his law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University.