Sectoral Expertise

Internet/Electronic Commerce, Internet Privacy Issues,

Internet Governance, Internet Content Regulation, Satellite Communications, Non-profit Organizations, High Tech Public Policy & Regulation, Strategic Business Planning, Technology Mergers & Acquisitions, International Development Assistance

PO Box 6293

Washington, DC  20015

202-280-7349

rjcochetti@gmail.com

Relevant Experience & Skills

  • Fifteen years of executive-level experience in strategic business planning, mergers and acquisitions in the high technology sector for COMSAT, IBM and clients

  • Twenty years of executive-level experience in worldwide policy and regulation for the US Department of State, COMSAT, IBM , Network Solutions, VeriSign, CompTIA and clients 

 

         Roger J. Cochetti


 Summary

Executive with extensive senior-level experience in business (general management), public affairs, non-profit organizations, industry trade associations, and as a federal government official.


Background

Principal, RJC Associates  
Provide consulting and advisory services to a diverse range of clients.

Group Director-U.S. Public Policy, Computing Technology Industry Association.  
Directed U.S. government relations department of large, computer industry trade association.  Responsibilities included interface with member companies and with the Federal and State governments, Congressional testimony, press briefings, management of Association's policy-setting committees, development of Association policy positions and writing/issuing white papers.  Issues included use of IT in healthcare, worker training, telecom reform, immigration, small business issues, R&D issues, e-commerce, tax, wireless, cybersecurity and healthcare.  

Senior Vice-President & Chief Policy Officer, VeriSign Corporation. 
Directed global policy and regulatory affairs for global, e-commerce/telecom services company, with particular emphasis on regulations effecting e-commerce, digital signature, cyber-security, domain name registration, Internet privacy, local exchange telecommunications services, and e-commerce trade and tax matters

Program Director, Internet Policy & Business Planning, IBM Corporation.
Coordinated IBM's worldwide e-commerce and Internet policy/regulatory activities, with particular emphasis on intellectual property issues, digital rights management, regulation of Internet content, regulation of e-mail/spam, jurisdiction over Internet transactions, and access to emerging markets

Vice-President for Mobile Business Development & Planning, COMSAT Corporation. 
Managed key aspects of COMSAT's mobile communications business unit, including participation in INMARSAT, strategic business planning, partnerships, acquisitions, cellular services, competitive analysis, pricing policies and new business ventures.

Director, Investor & Public Relations, COMSAT Corporation. 
Responsible for liaison with U.S. and international investment communities, media, and community organizations.

Assistant Director for Legislative & Public Affairs, U.S. International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA)  
Managed Congressional, media and public liaison for the State Department-related Federal agency responsible for U.S. multilateral and bilateral foreign aid programs. Wrote Agency's annual reports, Congressional testimony, press releases, etc; Coordinated legislative efforts of USAID, OPIC, White House and other departments; and served as liaison with Congressional authorizing and appropriating committees. Provided support to National Security Council and State Department on foreign assistance-related matters.


Memberships

  • U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Communications & Information Policy (2006-2015)
  • United Nations Global Alliance for ICT & Development Strategy Council (2006-2010) 
  • President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) Industry Executives Subcommittee (IES) (2001-2003)
  • Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, The Public Affairs Council (2004-2008)
  • The National Press Club
  • The Princeton Club of New York 
  • Board of Directors (founder), TRUSTe (1998-2003)
  • Board of Directors (founder), Internet Law & Policy Forum (1998-2004)
  • Board of Directors (founder), Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA)/Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) 
  • Sherpa (founder), Global Business Dialogue on E-Commerce (1999-2003)
  • ICANN Names Council (2000-2003)
  • Board of Directors (founder) and Treasurer, Internet Education Foundation
  • WIPO Experts Group on Trademarks/Domain Names (1998)
  • FTC Experts Group on Unsolicited E-Mail/spam (1999)
  • Alternate U.S. Representative, INMARSAT Council (1990-93)
  • Marquis Who's Who in the United States and Who's Who in the World

Other

  • Testified frequently before Congressional Committees on information technology (IT) and e-commerce matters
  • Author of two textbooks on satellite communications from John Wiley & Sons publishers (available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google, etc.)  Contributor to "The Hill" newspaper
  • Author of numerous studies, articles and a book on IT, Internet and telecommunications topics
  • Delivered numerous speeches and presentations on IT Internet and telecommunications topics
  • Interviewed frequently by print and electronic media on IT, Internet and telecommunications topics
  • Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • Master's degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • 2017 recipient of Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award