Jim Whittaker

Jim WhittakerJames F. Whittaker brings to the firm extensive corporate business, management and leadership experience in global IT corporations, including Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation and Data General Corporation. He built and led Hewlett-Packard Company’s international public affairs team to shape and influence government policies to advance its business growth, operations and profitability. At Intel Corporation he built and directed a Latin American corporate affairs team focused on influencing government policies to grow business and brand; there he also led Intel’s educational programs for teacher training, university research and curriculum development, and entrepreneurship competitions. At Data General he managed corporate process to identify and negotiate promising market access opportunities involving manufacturing, R&D and procurement investments; he also headed up Data General Brazil.

Jim brings with him extensive issue and industry leadership experience in Washington D.C. with industry associations, grassroots lobbying, ad hoc advocacy groups and government advisory committees. He has chaired IT association policy groups, U.S. federal government IT advisory committees and high technology industry legislative campaigns in the US Congress, including passage of the first R&D tax credit, and congressional approval of NAFTA, WTO and U.S.-China (PNTR) trade deals. He served as Chairman of the California Council for International Trade (CCIT) and co-Chair of the grassroots organization Californians for NAFTA.

Jim has successfully advocated company and industry policies in multilateral government organizations, including the World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, United Nations Information and Communications Technology Task Force, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, and multilateral private sector organizations including the Global Business Dialogue on E-Commerce and World Economic Forum.

Jim received his BA from Stanford University, MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and his JD from George Washington University. His languages include Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian and English. He has taught graduate classes in commercial diplomacy as an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS).