New York, N.Y., April 30, 2014 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) announced that Eric H. Loeb, vice president of international external affairs with AT&T, has been named the new chair of its Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Committee.
Loeb, whose term begins July 1, will oversee the committee’s development and delivery of business views on information technology and Internet policy developments worldwide. He will succeed Ambassador David Gross, a partner with Wiley Rein, who is stepping down as chair of the USCIB committee to become president of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
“We are delighted that Eric Loeb will lead our ICT work at this important juncture in global discussions about the digital economy,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “As an active participant at bilateral and multilateral meetings every year, a frequent speaker at international ICT events and a practitioner with experience working in countries around the world, he brings hands-on experience shaping policy on the global stage.”
Robinson continued: “This experience, along with his impressive track record in building cross-industry policy consensus, will be invaluable in promoting U.S. business interests and views in the United Nations, ITU, OECD, APEC and other global forums. We welcome Eric and also thank Ambassador Gross for his highly professional and effective service as ICT Committee chair these past three years.”
Loeb also chairs the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Task Force on the Internet and Telecommunications. He is a member of the board of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute, and serves on the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.
USCIB’s ICT Committee advocates sound international policy to ensure the continued growth of ICTs, emphasizing free and fair competition, minimal government intervention, free information flows and a user orientation. It works through USCIB’s overseas network of business groups, including ICC and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, to secure strong industry representation and input to major multilateral discussions of ICT issues.
“I am eager for this new opportunity, especially to build on the positive contributions that U.S. business makes to the global digital economy,” said Loeb. “USCIB is the consensus voice of American business in international ICT policy forums, and colleagues around the world value the quality and balance of its contributions.”
Loeb elaborated: “Ongoing growth of the global digital economy will require well-informed policy decisions on the governance of the Internet, modern regulatory models to promote availability and adoption of networks and services, and the related issues of online trust, privacy, security and cross-border data flows. USCIB’s policy initiatives, including its work through ICC and BIAC, will be critical to ensure the continued growth and vitality of the digital economy.”
Loeb currently is responsible for supporting AT&T’s team of international external affairs professionals. In addition to implementing market access and compliance strategies to enable AT&T’s global expansion of network and services, he is responsible for advocacy on policy matters related to the stable growth, investment and innovation by the digital economy sector. His work matches the diversity of the AT&T portfolio across fixed and mobile broadband platforms, and including emerging machine-to-machine technologies.
Since 1997, Loeb has led team efforts to obtain regulatory authorizations in countries throughout the world, in several instances as the first foreign-owned communications company to obtain market access. Prior to AT&T, he served as global regulatory counsel for Concert Communications, and as U.S. regulatory counsel for British Telecommunications.
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and prudent regulation. Its members include top U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including ICC and BIAC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org.
Jonathan Huneke, VP Communications, USCIB
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