January 1, 2012

David Hirschmann, President and CEO


David Hirschmann serves as president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). The GIPC works to champion intellectual property (IP) as a vital engine of global development, growth, and human progress. He oversees the Center’s work in communicating the value of IP, building support for IP protection in the United States, growing alliances to promote IP in international markets, and improving enforcement.

Hirschmann also serves as president and CEO of the Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) where he leads the Chamber’s initiative dedicated to promoting a modern and effective regulatory structure that fosters robust and diverse sources of capital, investment, liquidity, and risk management for our nation’s job creators.

As senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber, Hirschmann is a member of the Management Committee and helps shape the organization’s strategic direction and program initiatives.

Hirschmann joined the U.S. Chamber in 1992 as director of Latin American Affairs. In 1995 he was promoted to manager for the Western Hemisphere, and two years later he became managing director for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He was promoted to vice president in 1998 and senior vice president two years later. From 1998 to 2007, he served as executive vice president of the National Chamber Foundation where he oversaw the Foundation’s mission to drive the policy debate on key issues by formulating arguments, developing options, and influencing thinking in an effort to move the American business agenda forward.

Hirschmann also served as the executive vice president of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) and as executive vice president of the U.S. Section of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council.

Before joining the Chamber, he worked as legislative director for former Congressman Toby Roth, past chairman of the International Economic Policy and Trade Subcommittee in the House of Representatives.

Hirschmann was raised in Guatemala and is a graduate of Duke University. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Susan, and their daughter.

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