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Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt advises clients on issues spanning public policy, national security law, international investment, regulation and governance. Both in government and the private sector, he has held a wide variety of senior positions at the intersection of international business, finance, law and policy. Ambassador Kimmitt originally joined the firm in 1997 and rejoined in 2009 after serving as Deputy Secretary of the US Department of the Treasury. He serves as co-chair of the Strategic Response Group.
From 2009-2012, Ambassador Kimmitt chaired the Deloitte Center for Cross-Border Investment, which provided strategic advice on the execution of cross-border acquisitions and divestitures. From 2005-2009, he served as Deputy Secretary of the US Treasury, where he had significant responsibility for the Department’s international agenda, including cross-border investment in his leadership role on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
As a partner at the firm from 1997 to 2000, Ambassador Kimmitt focused on international transactions in regulated industries, primarily in the areas of defense, aerospace, telecommunications and banking.
Prior to joining the firm, he served as American Ambassador to Germany (1991-1993), Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1989-1991), General Counsel to the Department of the Treasury (1985-1987), and Executive Secretary and General Counsel of the National Security Council at the White House (1983-1985).
In addition to his government service, Ambassador Kimmitt was Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One, a software company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area. He also served as Executive Vice President for Global Public Policy (2001-2005) at Time Warner Inc.
Ambassador Kimmitt has authored many articles, including "Public Footprints in Private Markets," a seminal look at Sovereign Wealth Funds that was published in Foreign Affairs magazine.