Robert Šimončič has over 30 years of professional experience in the U.S. and Slovakia. He headed the Slovak branch of Microsoft and received the prestigious IT Personality of the Year award in 2004. Prior to joining Microsoft Slovakia, he worked in the field of management consulting, first with PWC as a Principal Consultant and later with IBM as Senior Manager of Business Innovation Services Division in the U.S. He was the President of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Slovakia and also the Chairman of the Board for the American Chambers of Commerce (European Council of American Chambers of Commerce – ECACC). From December 2010 he is the CEO of Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO).