Robert M. Kimmitt
Robert M. Kimmitt is Senior International Counsel at WilmerHale.
Both in government and the private sector, Ambassador Kimmitt has held a wide variety of senior positions at the intersection of international business, finance, and public policy. From 2005-2009, he served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. 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).
He was American Ambassador to Germany from 1991-1993; Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 1989-1991; and General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury from 1985-1987. He also served at the White House as National Security Council Executive Secretary and General Counsel from 1983-1985, with the rank of Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
In addition to his government service, Ambassador Kimmitt served as Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy, at Time Warner, Inc. from 2001-2005. Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One, a software company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area.
Ambassador Kimmitt was graduated with distinction from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1969. He served in combat with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam from 1970-1971 and earned three Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired as a Major General in the Army Reserve.
Ambassador Kimmitt was Chairman of the State Department Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2019-2021, a member of the National Security Council Leadership Initiative from 2020-2021, and Chairman of the CIA External Advisory Board from 2017-2021. During 1997 Mr. Kimmitt was a member of the National Defense Panel, and from 1998-2005 he was a member of the Director of Central Intelligence’s National Security Advisory Panel. He also served as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Ambassador Kimmitt received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1977, where he was Editor in Chief of Law & Policy in International Business. From 1977-1978, he served as law clerk to Judge Edward A. Tamm of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In May 2009 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Marymount University, and in May 2010 he received the Distinguished Graduate Award from West Point.
Ambassador Kimmitt serves as Lead Independent Director of Meta and as a member of the International Advisory Board of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission. He is Chairman Emeritus of the American Council on Germany, and his foreign language is German.