CompTIA Names VP for Public Advocacy

The IT industry association CompTIA announced Thursday that it has appointed Elizabeth Hyman as its new vice president for public advocacy.

CompTIA’s Elizabeth Hyman

The move is part of a stated effort by CompTIA’s new President & CEO Todd Thibodeaux to increase the association’s public policy influence when he joined the association in July 2008. Last summer, the group started a political action committee, and in February 2010 announced it would relaunch its advocacy efforts.

Hyman, the former director of government affairs for PC maker Lenovo, will be responsible for the association’s outreach to members of Congress, the executive branch, government agencies and other organizations at the federal, state and local levels

Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA’s president and CEO, said Hyman will be focused on issues impacting the IT industry, such as education and workforce training, small businesses, smart technology, green technology and cyber security.

Prior to joining Lenovo, Hyman was vice president of international at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) where she worked to expand relationships with electronics associations and other entities abroad, as well as establish a greater strategic footprint for CEA in international trade policy matters.

Between 1994 and 1997 she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in numerous capacities, including as special assistant to the Attorney General. She also served as an associate counsel in the Office of the Vice President, and cut her teeth in the international trade arena serving as an assistant counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She also worked for the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, counseling clients on international trade policy and helping them define strategic commercial positions in emerging markets.

She is a graduate of Tufts University and holds a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.

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