A former undersecretary of commerce for technology, Phillip Bond, will be the next chief lobbyist for the IT industry in Washington. With emotional issues such as limits on H-1B visas being debated in Congress, Bond could quickly find himself the lightning rod that his predecessor, Harris Miller, often did in that role.
Bond will be president and CEO of the Information Technology Association of America, beginning his new job in August. The ITAA represents major software and hardware companies. Bond has been senior VP for government relations at the online career site Monster Worldwide and general manager of its government solutions unit.
Bond replaces Miller, who resigned in January to run for the U.S. Senate from Virginia. Miller lost the Democrat primary earlier this month, and Robert Laurence had been acting as interim president. Miller often sparked strong reaction from opponents of offshore outsourcing and increased use of H-1B visas, which allow many U.S. tech companies to bring foreign workers to the United States.
Bond served as undersecretary in the first four years of the Bush administration, which included a stint as chief of staff to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. The undersecretary for technology oversees operations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Office of Technology Policy, and the National Technical Information Service.