Carl Holshouser is a Director in PwC’s Risk and Regulatory Practice and is a leader in the Strategic Policy Advisors Group. Carl advises companies and industry groups on strategically managing and navigating the rapidly evolving regulatory and legislative landscape as they work to innovate, create new products, and grow their businesses. Carl has a special focus on privacy, cybersecurity, data security, and the impact of regulation on product development. Carl is a tested resource and practitioner on adherence to and effective management of federal and state lobbying
compliance programs and advises on risk mitigation of corporate political action committee activities.
Prior to joining PwC, Carl served for more than five years as Senior Director of Global Government Relations at Visa, handling a broad range of technology policy issues, including innovation, data security, consumer privacy, digital identity, emerging payment technology, blockchain, telecommunications, and cybersecurity.
Previously, Carl served at RCC Consultants, a global telecommunications, technology and engineering consulting firm, and Textron Systems, a global defense and technology company, where he handled technology and cyber policy issues. From 2007 until 2011, Carl was a Principal at Capitol Partners, Inc., a Washington, D.C. based government affairs firm. He handled budget, appropriations, defense and commerce-related issues on behalf of the firm’s clients. Carl also served as a Capitol Hill staff member in the offices of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) and Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-San Antonio). Carl is a former (2017-2019) Chairman of the Public Policy Committee at TechNet, the largest CEO-led technology trade association in the United States; the former Vice Chairman (2017-2018) of the board of the National Cyber Security Alliance; and currently serves as the Chairman (2018-2019) of the Information Technology Industry Council’s (ITI) Government Relations Committee.