Vice President for Government & Regulatory Affairs, IBM

Christopher A. Padilla has been Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs at IBM since April 2009. He heads the company’s global government affairs function, leading a team of professionals in thirty-nine countries. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Padilla served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, working to develop U.S. trade policy, promoting and reviewing foreign direct investment in the United States, supporting U.S. exports, and ensuring compliance with trade agreements and trade laws. Before serving as Under Secretary, Padilla was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, where he was responsible for U.S. controls on items limited for export for national security reasons. From 2005-2006, he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick. From 2002-2005, he was an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, responsible for building public support for U.S. trade agreements. Mr. Padilla worked for more than fifteen years in the private sector prior to his government service, 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 B.A. and an M.A. in international studies from Johns Hopkins University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He serves on the boards of the Information Technology Industry Council, the Council of the Americas,, the U.S.-U.K. Business Council, and the YMCA of the USA.