H. David Lambert
President and CEO
H. David Lambert was named President and CEO of Internet2 in July 2010. In partnership with the Board of Trustees and the Executive Leadership Team, Lambert is responsible for leading and implementing the organization's strategic vision and ensuring its priorities are aligned with the technical and thought leadership of its membership. He worked with the Board and governance constituencies to quickly implement an agile organizational structure to construct conditions that spur innovation, respond to strategic priorities, and adapt to strategic directions driven by the community. Under his leadership, Internet2 is building on the organization's foundations to establish a unique set of unified capabilities that enable innovation for U.S. and global research and education institutions by leveraging the organization around the core principles of innovation, transformation, and community.
Lambert is leading Internet2 to focus on several key areas: advanced network services and leadership, national and regional collaboration, global reach and leadership, industry and research partnership development and engagement, CIO engagement, NET+ Services "above the network," and the U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN). These areas have yielded extraordinary results in a very short period of time and include launching domestic and global end-to-end advanced networking capabilities, creating the first 100G transcontinental network with ESnet, strengthening relationships with regional and national networks, forming partnerships with Indiana University and the China Research and Education Network to link U.S. and Chinese research and education networks, working with Educause and more than 50 universities to pilot a new model for digital course materials, and forming new strategic industry partnerships with companies like Adobe, Box, Dell, ESPN, HP, McGraw-Hill and Microsoft to provide new cloud and network services to benefit faculty, staff and students to help the Internet2 community innovate and transform campuses.
Under Lambert's leadership, Internet2 is now positioned to take the lead in establishing the community's vision to enable innovation for U.S research and education facilities by combining Internet2's Advanced Network Services Portfolio, NET+ service capabilities, and the InCommon federated identity capabilities by integrating them through an intentional end-to-end architecture at the national, regional, and campus level. This Innovation Platform Initiative will result in the development of a layer 2 service, increase support for software defined networks, provide a robust environment for cloud services, and ensure Internet2's position at the forefront of advanced networks.
Prior to joining Internet2, Lambert was the first Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer at Georgetown University, where he held the position of VP/CIO since early 1998. He was recruited to Georgetown University from Cornell University, where he served as Vice President for Information Technology from 1994 through 1997 and as Director of Network Services from 1989 through 1993. As Director of Network Services, Lambert was responsible for networking and communications technologies and services for the university and for Cornell National Supercomputer Facility.
Prior to joining Cornell in 1989, Lambert held several technical and leadership positions at Indiana University, Bloomington, including the position of Director of Academic Networking where he was responsible for the deployment of the first university-wide multi-service IP network.
Mr. Lambert's academic background includes a B.A. in Political Science from West Virginia University and doctoral studies in Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He also holds the Professional Manager Certificate from Indiana University's Graduate School of Business. Lambert has held a number of past leadership positions in higher education technology associations including service as Board Chairman of the New York State Research and Education Network (NYSERNet) served on the board of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO); and represented Georgetown University as Trustee of the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) where he also chaired the Information Technology Committee and served on the SURA Board of Trustees Executive Committee. He served as a member of the EDUCAUSE National Telecommunications Task Force (NTTF) and is a Founding Member of the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) the regional networking organization for Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
He and his family live in Bethesda, Maryland.