Robert Holleyman is the president and CEO of C&M International and a partner in Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Group. He has significant trade, international business, economic policy, and legal experience from his service as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, as CEO of a highly successful information technology advocacy association, and work as counsel in the U.S. Senate. He served as Deputy United States Trade Representative from 2014-2017, with the rank of Ambassador.
While at USTR, Ambassador Holleyman was responsible for U.S. trade and investment relations with Asia and with regional institutions, including the Asia-Pacific Cooperation (APEC) forum. He led USTR’s negotiations with China, including the work of the annual Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) and with India through the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF). In addition, he was responsible for global trade policy in the areas of services, investment, intellectual property, and innovation. He led the creation of a new Digital Trade Working Group within USTR and the “Digital2Dozen,” a series of groundbreaking measures secured in the Asia-Pacific region that established rules promoting a free and open internet.
Ambassador Holleyman was President and CEO of BSA/The Software Alliance from 1990–2013, where he transformed an early stage enterprise into a global association representing the world’s software powerhouses across 65 countries with 16 foreign offices. He was named by Managing IP magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential People” in the intellectual property world, by The Washington Post as a key private sector player in cybersecurity policy, and by Computer Reseller News as one of “20 To Watch” in the software industry. In earlier public service, he served as senior counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; legislative director for Senator Russell B. Long; and as judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Jack M. Gordon in New Orleans. He practiced law in Houston, Texas.
Ambassador Holleyman received his Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he was named its 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. He has studied at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is an Honorary Trustee of the National Building Museum. He previously served as a board member with the Stephen Decatur House Museum, the Bryce Harlow Foundation, Food & Friends and the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.