2012 NBA All-Star Technology Summit: Bio Larry Irving

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Larry Irving

The Irving Group

Larry Irving is the president and chief executive officer of the Irving Group, a consulting firm providing strategic advice and assistance to international telecommunications and information technology companies, foundations and nonprofit organizations. From September 2009 to July 2011, he served as vice president for global government affairs at HP.

Prior to founding the Irving Group in 1999, Irving served for almost seven years as assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). He focused on opening domestic and foreign telecommunications markets to competition, ensuring consumer choice and spurring development of advanced telecommunications and information technology.

Irving was one of the principal architects and advocates of the Clinton Administration’s telecommunications and Internet policies, including the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the most sweeping change in America’s telecommunications laws in 60 years. He is widely credited with coining the term “the digital divide” and sparking global interest in the issue.

Irving currently serves on the boards of the Public Broadcasting Service, Internews and Reliability First Corporation. He also serves on the boards for Stanford Law School, the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern and his law degree from Stanford, where he was president of his graduating class.