ITAA taps Phillip Bond as new president

He was a technology policy adviser in the Bush administration

Phillip Bond, a former technology policy adviser in Bush administration, will be the new president and CEO of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), a trade group actively involved in pushing tech issues in Washington.

Bond, undersecretary for technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2001 to 2005, will take leadership of ITAA in August, the trade group said today. He replaces Harris Miller, who resigned from the ITAA in January to run for the U.S. Senate in Virginia but lost in the Democratic primary earlier this month. Robert Laurence, a vice president at Sybase Inc., served as interim ITAA president.

The ITAA job will allow him to focus both on U.S. technology issues and international ones in a private-sector role, Bond said. "I had always envisioned this kind of role," he said.

A top priority for Bond, who is currently senior vice president for government relations at Internet job search firm Monster Worldwide Inc., will be to push U.S. innovation, he said.

"For me, the operating principle is the Information Technology Association of America ought to be focused on America being the innovation leader of the world," Bond said. "IT is the enabling common denominator for innovation."

Pushing innovation means the ITAA will continue to focus on the quality of the U.S. education system, immigration programs, patent law reform and a research-and-development tax credit, Bond said.

When Miller left the ITAA, there was some speculation about possible mergers with other tech-focused trade groups. Dozens of trade groups push various technology issues in Washington, but Bond said consolidation isn't in the immediate future.

At the Commerce Department, Bond met regularly with the leaders of Washington-based tech trade groups, and he plans to use those connections to work with other organizations when they have a common agenda with the ITAA, he said.

"I will focus on making ITAA as big and strong a voice as I can," he said.

Bond has served as director of federal public policy at Hewlett-Packard Co. Between 1998 and 2001, he was senior vice president for government affairs and treasurer at the Information Technology Industry Council, another tech trade group. He has also worked as chief of staff for former U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-Wash.), and he served as a deputy assistant secretary of Defense. 

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