David W. Campbell


Adjunct Professor - MSB Faculty
Adjunct Professor


MSB Faculty
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David Campbell is Director of Government Relations at ThyssenKrupp North America, Inc. (Washington, D.C. Office), a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp AG, a global technology and materials group headquartered in Essen, Germany. ThyssenKrupp employs 180,000 people in more than 80 countries and recorded sales of €49 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2010/2011.

In North America, ThyssenKrupp employs circa 24,000 individuals and recorded sales of more than $10 billion in FY 2010/2011. The ThyssenKrupp North America companies in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. offer a range of products including premium carbon steel; automotive components; elevators, escalators, passenger boarding bridges; material trading, plant construction and industrial services.

ThyssenKrupp has been part of the American landscape since 1837. In FY 2010/2011, ThyssenKrupp U.S. Group companies employed 18,500 individuals and generated sales of $8.2 billion. ThyssenKrupp has operations in 42 of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

Campbell directs government relations for the ThyssenKrupp U.S. Group companies. He monitors relevant legislation, reports on economically significant developments, and serves as primary contact to Congress and the executive branch. He manages site visits by local, state and federal officials and interacts with the company’s offices in Essen, Berlin and Brussels.

Prior to joining ThyssenKrupp, Campbell was Director of Climate Change, Energy and Trade Policy at the Representative of German Industry + Trade (RGIT), the Washington, D.C. liaison office for the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK). The BDI has 38 sectoral association members that represent 100,000 corporations. The DIHK has 80 chapters across Germany to which belong 3.6 million business enterprises, and 120 foreign offices.

Prior to joining RGIT, Campbell was a Fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany. He developed a sustainability strategy for the Free State of Saxony at the Saxon Ministry for Environment and Agriculture in Dresden, and organized a workshop on transatlantic environmental policy at Ecologic Institute, an environmental think tank in Berlin.

After college, Campbell spent a year in Chemnitz, Germany as a teaching assistant at the Technical University.

Campbell studied German and political science at Yale. He has a law degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Hartford.

Prior to studying law, Campbell worked at Arthur Andersen LLP in Hartford, Connecticut and Indianapolis, Indiana, specializing in financial statement audits and regulatory exams of insurance and financial services clients.

Campbell is licensed to practice law in his home state of Connecticut, and holds a CPA license from the State of Indiana (inactive status).

Campbell writes widely in German and English on environmental and energy issues, and trade policy, and is a frequent speaker and moderator at domestic and international climate and energy conferences.


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  • J.D. (2005) Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Law
  • M.S. (1997) University of Hartford, Accounting
  • B.A. (1994) Yale College, German Studies


  • French (speak, read, write)
  • German (speak, read, write)