Tim Bennett, Director-General/CEO
Tim Bennett has served as Director-General/CEO of TABC since the group was launched on January 1, 2013, following the merger of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) and the European American Business Council (EABC). He has held senior positions in the U.S. Government (Office of the U.S. Trade Representative), including as a lead U.S. negotiator in multilateral trade negotiations (Uruguay Round) in Geneva, as chief negotiator for bilateral trade and investment issues with Mexico leading up to NAFTA, as chairman of five inter-agency trade policy committees, and as the U.S. Trade Attaché in the U.S. Mission to the European Union. He also served in the private sector as a senior executive in both large and small technology industry trade organizations. Specifically, Bennett served as President of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), with offices in Washington and Brussels, until it successfully merged into Tech America. He also served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Electronics Association (AeA), with responsibility for 18 AeA offices around the U.S.; as a Trustee on AeA’s Education Foundation Board and AeA’s Insurance Trust Board; and as AeA’s Senior Vice President International, managing the organization’s DC policy team and AeA’s offices in Beijing, Brussels and Tokyo. Prior to those positions, Bennett worked in New York City in international public relations with Hill and Knowlton and Fleishman Hillard. In his last role in Washington before moving to New York, Bennett was Of Counsel for seven years at Steptoe & Johnson, a Washington, DC-based international law firm where he served as Vice President of Steptoe’s international trade and investment consulting arm. Immediately prior to joining TABC, Bennett was a DC-based consultant providing an array of services in government affairs, association management, and international trade and investment policy.
During Bennett’s career, he has spoken at more than 300 conferences, seminars and industry groups in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and China; testified several times before the U.S. Congress; spoken before the Friends of TTIP group and before the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament; addressed the TTIP Working Group of the European Economic and Social Committee; co-authored three books and had numerous articles published; and appeared on numerous occasions on radio and TV to comment on matters of international political economy and cybersecurity.
Bennett holds a B.A. (Magna cum Laude) in Political Science and French from DePauw University and an M.A. (with High Honors) in International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. He earned a certificate in European Studies from The Bologna Center, SAIS, Bologna, Italy and was a Rotary Foundation International Scholar at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Universite d’Aix-Marseille, France.