Rick Whitt

Washington , DC

Richard S. Whitt is the new Global Head for Public Policy and Government Relations at Motorola Mobility LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google Inc. In that capacity Rick oversees all aspects of MMI’s interactions with government policymakers around the world.

Rick moves over to MMI after spending five and a half years with Google, covering a variety of public policy issues in its D.C. office. In his most recent stint he served as director and managing counsel for federal policy, overseeing strategic thinking on privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, Internet governance, free expression, international trade, and telecom and media issues. From January 2007 to December 2011, Rick was Google’s chief telecom and media counsel, developing and implementing strategy and advocacy on all wireline, wireless, and media matters before the Federal Communications Commission, other Federal agencies, the U.S. Congress, and international bodies. Prior to joining Google in 2007, Rick founded and headed NetsEdge Consulting, a public policy consulting firm that provided legal analysis, regulatory strategy, and advocacy counsel to Google and other Web companies.

From 1994 to 2006, Rick worked in the legal department at MCI Communications, where he most recently served as vice president for federal law and policy. Rick previously spent over five years as an associate attorney in the communications practices of two large Washington, D.C.-based law firms.

Rick is a 1988 cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and a 1984 magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University. He is a resident of Washington, D.C. with his wife Cathy and three well-maintained felines.