CCIA Positive on Thompson for Commerce

BY CCIA Staff
January 28, 2009

News reports say the Obama Administration is expected to appoint former Symantec CEO John Thompson as Commerce Department Secretary. The Computer & Communications Industry Association would welcome such an announcement. The following statement can be attributed to CCIA President Ed Black:

“John Thompson has run an innovative, global company for more than a decade and that experience is just what is needed for the economic challenges our nation faces. He also seems to have the political and policy skills necessary to succeed in Washington. The country needs more innovation to grow the economy and a government that understands how to boost or at least not suppress that innovation.

“Having previously worked for several Commerce Secretaries I believe he has the diverse skills necessary to run Commerce, a diverse yet important Department.

“Thompson clearly has policy experience on issues ranging from cyber security and patent reform to export controls and international trade. We look forward to seeing what he could do leading the Commerce Department.

“Thompson has shown the ability to see the bigger picture and make challenging aggressive decisions when needed as CEO of Symantec. Part of what Thompson brought to Symantec was a vision of how different technology must integrate to provide security and serve people in a 21st century economy.”

Related Articles

White House Expected To Issue Executive Order Targeting Online Speech

May 28, 2020

Washington – According to various news reports, President Trump is expected to issue an executive order seeking to roll back the liability protections that have allowed users to post content online.  Reports of an executive order come days after Twitter applied a fact-check notice adjacent to accusations from President Trump via Twitter about alleged voter…

CCIA Applauds Confirmation of New Leadership to White House OSTP

Jan 3, 2019

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds the unanimous Senate confirmation of Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The position, which has been vacant for nearly two years, serves as the chief advisor to the president on a wide range of tech issues both…

Trump Administration’s Cybersecurity Executive Order Smartly Builds On Previous Efforts

May 16, 2017

Last week, the Trump Administration released its long awaited Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure (“Cybersecurity EO” or “Executive Order”). The Order launches significant reviews of the federal government’s digital vulnerabilities, existing efforts to protect critical infrastructure, and the development of the “cyber workforce”, and focuses on three…