Mark Bohannon

General Counsel and Senior Vice President Public Policy
Software and Information Industry Association

Mark Bohannon is the General Counsel and Senior Vice President Public Policy for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). As the principal trade association of the software code and information content industry, the 800 members of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) develop and market software and electronic content for business, education, consumers and the Internet. SIIA's members are software companies, e-businesses, and information service companies, as well as many electronic commerce companies. Our membership consists of some of the largest and oldest technology enterprises in the world as well as many smaller and newer companies.

Mr. Bohannon is responsible for the legal and public policy agenda of SIIA which includes a wide range of issues including, for example, taxation, privacy, standardization, eCommerce, customs modernization and trade facilitation, intellectual property protection, trade policy, education policy, internet security, electronic contracting. Mark Bohannon's experience includes detailed engagement with hundreds of companies developing online commerce services for the business, consumer and government markets.

Prior to joining SIIA, Mr. Bohannon was a senior official of the U.S. Department of Commerce where he served as Chief Counsel for Technology and Counsellor to the Under Secretary. During his tenure, his responsibilities included technology policy, examining technical barriers to trade, eCommerce, intellectual property issues, and Internet policy. Mark Bohannon served on numerous USG delegations to bilateral talks with major trading partners and to multilateral fora such as the Hague, UNCITRAL and WTO. He served as Vice Chair of the Working Party on Information Security and Privacy at the OECD.

A native of Austin, Texas, Mark Bohannon is a graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and of the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

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