Larry Irving is the President and CEO of the Irving Group, a consulting firm providing strategic advice to international telecommunications and information technology companies, investors, foundations and non-profit organizations. From September 2009 to July 2011, Mr. Irving served as Vice President for Global Government Affairs for the Hewlett-Packard Company.
Prior to founding the Irving Group in 1999, Mr. 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), where he was a principal advisor to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues.
Mr. Irving was one of the principal architects and advocates of the Clinton Administration’s telecommunications and Internet policies, and was a point person in the Administration’s successful efforts to reform the United States telecommunications laws.
Mr. Irving is widely credited with coining the term the digital divide and sparking global interest in the issue. In large part due to his work to promote policies and develop programs to ensure access to advanced telecommunications and information technologies, Mr. Irving was named one of the fifty most influential persons in the ‘Year of the Internet’ by Newsweek Magazine.
Mr. Irving currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of Education Networks of America, ReliabilityFirst Corporation and the Public Broadcasting Service. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University and is president-elect of Northwestern’s Alumni Association. He also serves on the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, and is a recipient of the University’s Alumni Merit Award for distinguished professional achievement. He is also a graduate of Stanford University School of Law, where he was elected President of his graduating class.