The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is excited to welcome Eric W. Muhlheim, Chief Financial Officer of OpenX Technologies, Inc., to its Advisory Council. The Advisory Council aims to bring new insight and expertise to CDT’s tech and internet policy advocacy work. Its members come from diverse fields and backgrounds, and all share a commitment to advancing digital rights worldwide.
“The best policy outcomes happen when all voices engage in honest, constructive dialogue. The diversity of individual views and experiences represented on our Advisory Council helps CDT be even more effective and influential. I’m incredibly grateful that Eric has agreed to join us in championing online human rights and civil liberties,” said CDT President & CEO Nuala O’Connor.
Eric has over two decades of strategic finance experience, managing acquisitions and leading teams into new markets. At OpenX, he oversees financial planning and analysis, accounting, and business intelligence functions for the world’s largest independent advertising exchange. Eric was previously CFO of Helix Education and Altius Education, both providers of data-driven business solutions for colleges and universities. Prior to these roles Eric served in various leadership roles spanning 16 years at the Walt Disney Company where he led strategy planning for the company’s multi-billion dollar Consumer Products division, helped build the Disney Channel’s programming investment strategy, and founded new business lines including Disney English in China and Disney Playmation. Eric began his career at Morgan Stanley as an analyst specializing in complex telecom mergers and acquisitions. He received his BA from Princeton and his MBA from Stanford and serves on the boards of The Independent Shakespeare Company of Los Angeles and Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.
“The impacts of technology on society are profound and often poorly addressed by public policies enacted in response to older environments. We need forward-looking policies that protect our fundamental rights while providing a framework for business and innovation to flourish,” said Eric Muhlheim. “I have long respected CDT’s solution-oriented advocacy and commitment to advancing democratic values. I’m thrilled to join CDT’s Advisory Council, and look forward to contributing to its policy deliberations.”