- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 25, 2006

Phillip Bond’s exposure to the information-technology industry began more than 20 years ago when the bank where he worked began to use those newfangled word processors.

Now, in his new job serving the information-technology industry, he is again using word processors, albeit better models.

Mr. Bond has been named president and chief executive officer of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).

The ITAA is a trade association that lobbies for policies that benefit the industry. It also works with companies to build business partnerships, to promote the industry, to foster competition, and to develop the international and domestic information-technology markets.

It is a “combination of advocacy and business development, working with both Capitol Hill and Wall Street,” said Bod Cohen, senior vice president of ITAA.

The organization represents more than 325 business members, including IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo, EBay Inc. and AT&T.;

“It’s the kind of job I’ve been dreaming of having,” Mr. Bond said of his appointment made earlier this month. The information-technology industry “ends up being the real driver for all innovation and that what makes it so exciting,” Mr. Bond said.

“It’s outstanding for the technology industry,” said Bruce Mehlman, executive director of the Technology CEO Council. “He brings unique experience and a very rare capability to bring disparate interests together to advance a common agenda.”

Mr. Bond has been serving as senior vice president of government relations and general manager of Monster government solutions for Monster Worldwide since last year. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Bond was undersecretary for technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also was chief of staff to Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans from 2002 to 2003. He was known for his work on the advancement of nanotechnology in the federal government.

“He’s the whole package,” said Rhett Dawson, president of the Information Technology Industry Council. “He’s one of those people who really knows how to operate in Washington.”

“I think it is important that the U.S. information-technology industry have an environment in which companies can prosper,” said Mr. Bond, a setting that “can provide high-value jobs, where companies can grow and be successful, and have as many American workers prepared for those high-tech jobs as possible.”

Mr. Bond worked from 1998 to 2001 for the Information Technology Industry Council with a stint at Hewlett-Packard in 2001. He was chief of staff for Rep. Jennifer Dunn, Washington Republican, from 1993 to 1998 and was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense from 1992 to 1993 for Defense Secretary Dick Cheney.

Mr. Bond in August will replace interim President Robert B. Laurence, who took over in January after the resignation of Harris Miller, who served the organization for 10 years.

Mr. Bond graduated in 1978 from Linfield College, in McMinnville, Ore., with a bachelor’s degree in communication. Originally from Compton, Calif., Mr. Bond, 49, lives in Fairfax Station with his wife, Diane, and two daughters, Jacqueline and Jessica.

—Marie Tyler

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