Thomas Niles is President of the United States Council for International Business, a position he assumed on 1 February 1999. Prior to this, Niles served the United States government as a foreign diplomat.
For 36 years, Thomas Niles served in the United States Foreign Service, holding posts in places like Belgrade, Moscow, Brussels, and Washington, D.C. He served as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State for European and Canadian Affairs from 1981 to 1985, after which he was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Canada in 1985. In 1989, he was announced as the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, a post he occupied until September 1991. From September 1991 until April 1993, he was Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. In 1993, he was made the U.S Ambassador to Greece and held the post till 1997, when he was named Vice President of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., where he remained until his retirement from public service in 1998.
Niles has served on the on the boards of three Greek-American educational foundations. He has also be a part of the Board of Directors of the Business-Humanitarian Forum (Geneva), and the Governing Body of the International Labor Organization (ILO). Mr. Niles also served on the ICANN At-Large Study Committee in 2001-2002. Thomas Niles was selected for the ICANN Board by the Nominating Committee. He started serving on the ICANN Board of Directors on 26 June 2003.