Published: June 28, 2012
Washington – Business Roundtable (BRT) President John Engler announced today that Matt Sonnesyn has been named Director of Research, responsible for shaping new policy initiatives and research efforts for BRT. He most recently served as Chief of Staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
“As an association of leading U.S. CEOs, Matt brings to our organization a tremendous amount of policy expertise including the extensive work he did on Sen. Alexander’s signature legislation, the America COMPETES Act, which will strengthen our country’s competitive edge in science and technology,” said BRT President John Engler. “We are delighted to have him on board.”
Prior to serving as Sen. Alexander’s Chief of Staff, Sonnesyn worked as Sen. Alexander’s chief policy aide and managed the day-to-day operations at the Senate Republican Conference. He also was policy director for Sen. Alexander’s 2002 Senate campaign as well as Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) 2006 senate bid. He has also worked at the American Enterprise Institute.
“I’m excited to work with an organization that is a thought leader on policy in the business community and equally enthused to work for someone as innovative and thoughtful as Governor Engler,” said Sonnesyn.
Sonnesyn holds a B.A. in international relations from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with over $6 trillion in annual revenues and more than 14 million employees. BRT member companies comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock market and invest more than $150 billion annually in research and development – nearly half of all private U.S. R&D spending. Our companies pay $163 billion in dividends to shareholders and generate an estimated $420 billion in sales for small and medium-sized businesses annually.
BRT companies give nearly $9 billion a year in combined charitable contributions.