Deborah Wince-Smith is the president & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, a group of CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders committed to driving U.S. competitiveness. She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, including as the first Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the Department of Commerce.
She is a Senate confirmed member of the IRS Oversight Board and a member of the Board of Directors of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Ms. Wince-Smith also serves on the Board of Governors for the Argonne National Laboratory, the Smithsonian National Board and the boards of several other public and private organizations. Ms. Wince-Smith is the president of the newly formed Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, whose creation she led. Ms. Wince-Smith is chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Global Competitiveness and is a member of the Science & Technology in Society Forum Council.
Ms. Wince-Smith earned a degree in classical archaeology and graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College. She earned her master’s degree from King’s College, Cambridge University. In December 2006 she received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Michigan State University.