AmCham Sweden is pleased to welcome Ambassador-designate Kenneth A. Howery, following the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of his appointment yesterday to this distinguished diplomatic post.
In his confirmation hearing earlier this year, Howery stated his priorities as Ambassador would include pursuing expanded economic and trade relationships, advancing mutual security commitments, and promoting science, technology and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Mr. Howery has had a prosperous career in business since graduating from Stanford University in 1998 with a B.A. in economics. Immediately following his graduation, Mr. Howery co-founded PayPal together with Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek, Elon Musk, and Max Levchin. Over the next four years, Howery served as the company’s CFO. After PayPal was acquired by eBay in 2002, he served as eBay's Director of Corporate Development until 2003. Following this, Howery rejoined Thiel in 2004 at Clarium Capital Management, with the title of Vice President of Private Equity. He was also a member of the firm’s research and trading teams.
In 2005, Howery, Thiel and fellow PayPal alumnus, Luke Nosek, started Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm. Howery has also served on the boards of Quantcast and ZocDoc.
In 2010, Howery was named by Venture Capital Journal as one of the Top 10 VCs under 36. He has lectured on entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and Stanford. In addition to this, Howery has helped students at UC Berkeley and UT Austin's McCombs School of Business to develop business models.