As Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs for the IBM Corporation, Christopher Padilla heads the company’s global government affairs function, leading a team of more than 100 professionals in thirty-seven countries.
Prior to joining IBM, Chris served as Under Secretary for International Trade and as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, and prior to that was an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative.
Chris worked for more than fifteen years in the private sector, holding a variety of positions in marketing, business development, and government affairs at AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Eastman Kodak Company. He holds both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University.