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Robert Holleyman

President and CEO, BSA | The Software Alliance

As President and CEO of BSA, Robert Holleyman is the chief advocate for the global software industry. From BSA's headquarters in Washington, DC, and its 13 foreign offices, he leads public policy initiatives and intellectual property protection programs that break down trade barriers and open markets for innovators in PC and server software, mobile technologies, and cloud computing services. President Barack Obama also appointed Holleyman to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), the principal advisory committee for the US government on trade matters.

Heading BSA since 1990, Holleyman has focused on expanding business opportunities for BSA member companies in emerging markets. In the process, he also has built the most successful anti-piracy program in the history of any industry, driving down software piracy rates around the world. This has helped create the conditions for commercial software revenues to grow more than fivefold in the same period - to $335 billion, globally, in 2011.

Named one of the 50 most influential people in the intellectual property world, Holleyman was instrumental in putting into place the global policy framework that protects software under copyright law. Now, with cloud computing emerging as an important growth area, he is leading industry efforts to establish a policy framework that will allow a cohesive global marketplace for cloud services to flourish. Holleyman oversaw a first-of-its-kind study of cloud-related policies around the world and has been outspoken advocate for breaking down barriers that cloud providers face when they do business internationally. He also was an early proponent for policies that promote widespread deployment of security technologies to build public trust and confidence in cyberspace.

Holleyman testifies frequently before the United States Congress, the European Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and other governing bodies on technology, trade, and economic matters. He also has created a highly regarded series of forums for industry executives and policymakers to exchange points of view and forge agreements on the best ways to spur technology advances and promote economic growth.

Regularly interviewed by print, broadcast, and online news outlets around the world, Holleyman has contributed op-eds to The Washington Post, USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Guardian, European Voice, The Hill, The Huffington Post, and CNet, among others.

Before heading BSA, Holleyman served as a counselor and legislative adviser in the United States Senate, an attorney in private practice, and a judicial clerk in US District Court. He holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus in 2012, and a J.D. from Louisiana State University. He completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Biography last updated January 18, 2013