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Ambassador David Gross

Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Ambassador David A. Gross is one of the world's foremost experts on international telecommunications, having previously served as the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate.

Ambassador Gross began his career in communications more than twenty years ago. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 (BA in Economics) and receiving his law degree from Columbia University in 1979, Ambassador Gross joined the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan. While at the law firm, he became a partner specializing in communications and telecommunications issues. He remained at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan until 1994, when he was named Washington Counsel for AirTouch Communications. AirTouch was the world's largest wireless telecommunications company, with extensive interests in the United States, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.

In 1999, Air Touch was acquired by Vodafone. In 2000, Ambassador Gross joined the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign as National Executive Director of Lawyers for Bush-Cheney.

During his tenure at Department of State, Ambassador Gross addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and has led U.S. delegations to many major international telecommunications conferences, including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) 2002 Plenipotentiary in Marrakech, Morocco, the ITU's 2002 World Telecommunication Development Conference in Istanbul, the ITU's 2004 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly in Brazil, and two APEC Tel Ministerials, in Shanghai, China and Lima, Peru. He also has led the U.S. Government's participation in the multilateral preparatory work for both phases of the UN's Heads of State World Summit on the Information Society, and had the honor of leading the U.S. delegation to the formal Summit in 2003. That Summit was one of the largest U.N. Summits ever held, with more than 10,000 delegates and a very large number of heads of state and government.

Ambassador Gross has served as a member of the UN Information and Communications Technologies Task Force. He also has led interagency telecommunications delegations to many countries, conducted bilateral discussions at senior levels with representatives from more than 60 countries, and provided commercial and policy advocacy on behalf of U.S. companies in markets around the world. Ambassador Gross has had the honor to lecture at many colleges and universities around the world, including in the United States, Qatar, the UAE, Yemen, Thailand, India and Bangladesh.

For many years, Ambassador Gross has been active with various bar associations, including the Federal Communications Bar Association (in which he has twice been elected to be an officer, and has often served as co-chair of various committees) and the International Bar Association (in which he has been vice-chair of the Communications Committee). He currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and son.


Biography last updated May 23, 2012