Paul Misener is Amazon.com’s Vice President for Global Innovation Policy and Communications. An Amazon veteran of 19 years, Paul explains and advocates Amazon’s culture and methods of sustained, customer-obsessed innovation, particularly in the context of Amazon’s Leadership Principles.
Paul founded Amazon’s public policy operations, and served as the company’s Vice President for Global Public Policy from February 2000 to May 2016. On behalf of Amazon and its customers, he has testified before the United States Congress over 30 times – on net neutrality, privacy, tax, cloud computing, and more – and on many dozens of occasions before other policymaking bodies around the world, and he has given hundreds of public speeches and media interviews.
Paul is both an engineer (Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University, 1985) and attorney (Juris Doctor, George Mason University, 1993; Distinguished Achievement Award, 2001; Member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, 1993 to present).
Formerly a partner in the law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding, Paul previously served as the Senior Legal Advisor to a commissioner of the US Federal Communications Commission, and as Intel’s Manager of Telecommunications and Computer Technology Policy. In the mid-1990s, he led the computer industry’s Internet Access Coalition, which included Intel, Microsoft, and IBM, and which successfully blocked the imposition of telecom access charges on Internet access. In the early 1990s, he was the assistant to the Chairman of the Emmy Award-winning FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, which established the system that underlies all modern HDTV and computer displays.