Ambassador Robert Kimmitt

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Senior International Counsel, WilmerHale
Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

Since April 2009, Robert M. Kimmitt has been 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, and public policy.  From 2005-2009, he served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. 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) and as lead U.S. negotiator for the International Compact with Iraq.

Earlier, he was American Ambassador to Germany from 1991-1993; Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 1989-1991; and General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury from 1985-1987.  He also served in the Reagan White House as National Security Council Executive Secretary and General Counsel from 1983-1985, with the rank of Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.  

In addition to his government service, Ambassador Kimmitt served as Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy, at Time Warner from 2001-2005.  Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One, a Silicon Valley software company.  He was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering from 1997-2000, a managing director of Lehman Brothers from 1993-1997, and a partner in the law firm of Sidley & Austin from 1987-1989.

Ambassador Kimmitt was graduated with distinction from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1969.  He served in combat with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam from 1970-1971 and retired as a Major General in the Army Reserve.  He received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1977, where he was Editor in Chief of Law & Policy in International Business.  From 1977-1978, he served as law clerk to Judge Edward A. Tamm of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. 

Ambassador Kimmitt is a member of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa AG; the International Advisory Boards of Allianz SE and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; and the Global Advisory Board of Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings.  He is Chairman Emeritus of the American Council on Germany and is a board member of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, the Atlantic Council, and USA Rugby. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission.  

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