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Robert Kimmitt

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Deputy Secretary of the US Department of the Treasury (2005-09)

US Ambassador to Germany (1991-93)

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1989-91)

Robert Kimmitt is Senior International Counsel at the law firm of WilmerHale. 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 public policy. From 2009-2012, he chaired the Deloitte Center for Cross-Border Investment, which provided strategic advice on the execution of international acquisitions and divestitures.

From 2005-09, he served as Deputy Secretary of the US Treasury, where he had significant responsibility for the Department’s international agenda, including his leadership role on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Before this, he was American Ambassador to Germany, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and General Counsel to the US Treasury. He also served in the Reagan White House as National Security Council Executive Secretary and General Counsel.

In the private sector, Ambassador Kimmitt’s positions have included Executive Vice President at Time Warner, Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One, Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, and partner at two major law firms.

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"Ambassador Kimmitt is Chairman of the American Council on Germany and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. He is a highly regarded expert on America’s trade and investment relations with the rest of the world. He has argued that the health of the US – and global – economy, indeed national security itself – relies on free trade, flexible exchange rates, and the free flow of capital across borders based on open investment policies."

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