UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of Finland
CANDIDATE: Douglas T. Hickey
Douglas Hickey is currently the Managing Director, Hickey Gryphon QOF, based in Eagle Idaho. He has more than 30 years of operational experience holding senior-level positions in the telecom, Internet and technology industries. Hickey was named United States Commissioner General at Expo Milano with the Personal Rank of Ambassador by President Barack Obama in 2014. As Commissioner General, he oversaw efforts to create a dynamic USA Pavilion that told America’s food security story and activated a global conversation about the challenges of feeding the planet.
Earlier, Mr. Hickey was President and CEO of San Francisco-based BinWise Inc., the leading provider of analytics to premier restaurant, hotel and entertainment groups around the world, and before that he was Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, one of Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firms, for more than 10 years. Mr. Hickey’s considerable experience as an innovator and a leader in the fields of telecommunications and financial management, his strong record of civic engagement, and his demonstrated ability to work with diverse teams to achieve shared goals, makes him a well-qualified candidate to serve as Ambassador to the Republic of Finland.
Hickey was CEO of Critical Path, the leading provider of messaging services to corporations around the globe. He was also President and CEO of Global Center, which became one of the first and largest providers of advanced web hosting and content distribution on the web.
He earned his B.A. from Siena College, Loudonville, New York in 1977 and was awarded an Honorary PhD for Sienna College in 2016.